Man arrested after 2-mile police chase with young son in car

Ronald Cavalier
Ronald Cavalier

New Orleans police arrested a man for attempted murder and a slew of other charges after he allegedly fired a single bullet at his former girlfriend and led police on a dramatic car chase that ended with officers wresting his 5-year-old son from his arms.

According to police documents, officers were dispatched to the 7100 block of Crowder Boulevard in New Orleans East at 10:17 a.m. Thursday in response to a call about criminal damage.

A woman there told officers that Ronald Cavalier, 34, her ex-boyfriend and the father of her son, had damaged the tire of her vehicle with an unknown object.

The woman said Cavalier left the scene but returned later, banging on her passenger window before brandishing a black handgun and firing one shot at her while she was in the car. The shot missed the woman, who was not injured in the incident.

Cavalier then fled in his own vehicle, taking the couple’s son with him.

He again returned to the scene after police had arrived but ignored commands to get out of his car and instead drove away.

Officers pursued Cavalier, who drove against traffic, dashing through numerous traffic lights and stop signs, and forcing both officers and civilian vehicles off the road.

According to the police report, a total of 12 police cars were involved in the 2.2-mile chase, which ended after Cavalier barreled through an empty field before returning to the 7100 block of Crowder. There, he got out of the vehicle with his son in his arms.

It took several officers to remove the boy from his grasp and place Cavalier in handcuffs.

After being arrested, Cavalier unleashed a flurry of kicks to the door of a police car, damaging it to the point where it is no longer functional, police said.

He was taken to Interim LSU Hospital, where he received treatment, before being taken to Orleans Parish Prison.

Cavalier was booked with attempted murder, criminal damage to property, illegal discharge of a firearm, resisting an officer, aggravated flight from an officer and cruelty to a juvenile.

He is being held on a bond of $112,500.