[Hpn] Barefoot man arrested in break-in

William Charles Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
Wed, 16 Aug 2006 03:22:26 -0400


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Barefoot man arrested in break-in
Cop say he filched drugs in store=20

Wednesday, August 16, 2006=20

By Jenny Hurwitz
A Marrero man who relocated to St. Tammany Parish after Hurricane =
Katrina was arrested Tuesday after breaking into a Mandeville pharmacy, =
stealing a car, running over an officer's leg and prompting a high-speed =
chase across the parish, authorities said.=20

Corey Champagne, 36, was arrested at North Shore Square mall in Slidell. =
He was booked with burglary, attempted murder of an officer, auto theft, =
and hit-and-run, said Mandeville Sgt. Ron Ruple.=20

According to Ruple, the incident began at Kmart off U.S. 190 in =
Mandeville on Tuesday afternoon, when Champagne broke through a closed =
pharmacy window and stole a bottle of Loritab pain medication.=20

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As he exited the pharmacy with the pills, a Kmart employee saw him and =
grabbed the medicine, Ruple said.=20

Champagne fled to nearby Banner Ford, a dealership located directly =
behind Kmart, and reportedly stole a silver, 2006 Ford Mustang whose =
keys were in the ignition, he said.=20

As he drove off, he hit a police officer who had arrived on the scene, =
running over his foot and leg, and crashed into several vehicles in the =
lot, Ruple said.=20

Champagne took off for Interstate 12, traveling at a "high rate," Ruple =
said. The suspect drove east on I-12, eventually getting off at the =
North Shore Square exit in Slidell.=20

He drove to the mall, entered Sears and proceeded to steal a change of =
clothing, authorities said.=20

"He seemed like he was frantic, yeah," said Mary Beth Morris, a Sears =
employee, who added that Champagne was barefoot and asked for a change =
of shoes.=20

Ruple said authorities from the Slidell Police Department cordoned off =
the mall for about 30 minutes, preventing visitors from entering or =
exiting, until they were able to apprehend Champagne in the Sears =
menswear section.=20

Champagne told authorities that he has been addicted to pain killers =
since being hurt in a 1999 motorcycle accident, Ruple said.=20

He also said he has been homeless since the storm and had been living in =
a tent along Louisiana 22, outside Mandeville, authorities said.=20

Ruple said the influx of new residents who moved to the parish since =
Katrina continues to be an issue for law enforcement officials.=20

"It's a concern for everybody," he said.=20

. . . . . . .=20

Jenny Hurwitz can be reached at (985) 645-2848 or =
jhurwitz@timespicayune.com.=20

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<P>A Marrero man who relocated to St. Tammany Parish after Hurricane =
Katrina was=20
arrested Tuesday after breaking into a Mandeville pharmacy, stealing a =
car,=20
running over an officer's leg and prompting a high-speed chase across =
the=20
parish, authorities said. </P>
<P>Corey Champagne, 36, was arrested at North Shore Square mall in =
Slidell. He=20
was booked with burglary, attempted murder of an officer, auto theft, =
and=20
hit-and-run, said Mandeville Sgt. Ron Ruple. </P>
<P>According to Ruple, the incident began at Kmart off U.S. 190 in =
Mandeville on=20
Tuesday afternoon, when Champagne broke through a closed pharmacy window =
and=20
stole a bottle of Loritab pain medication. </P>
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<P>As he exited the pharmacy with the pills, a Kmart employee saw him =
and=20
grabbed the medicine, Ruple said. </P>
<P>Champagne fled to nearby Banner Ford, a dealership located directly =
behind=20
Kmart, and reportedly stole a silver, 2006 Ford Mustang whose keys were =
in the=20
ignition, he said. </P>
<P>As he drove off, he hit a police officer who had arrived on the =
scene,=20
running over his foot and leg, and crashed into several vehicles in the =
lot,=20
Ruple said. </P>
<P>Champagne took off for Interstate 12, traveling at a "high rate," =
Ruple said.=20
The suspect drove east on I-12, eventually getting off at the North =
Shore Square=20
exit in Slidell. </P>
<P>He drove to the mall, entered Sears and proceeded to steal a change =
of=20
clothing, authorities said. </P>
<P>"He seemed like he was frantic, yeah," said Mary Beth Morris, a Sears =

employee, who added that Champagne was barefoot and asked for a change =
of shoes.=20
</P>
<P>Ruple said authorities from the Slidell Police Department cordoned =
off the=20
mall for about 30 minutes, preventing visitors from entering or exiting, =
until=20
they were able to apprehend Champagne in the Sears menswear section. =
</P>
<P>Champagne told authorities that he has been addicted to pain killers =
since=20
being hurt in a 1999 motorcycle accident, Ruple said. </P>
<P>He also said he has been homeless since the storm and had been living =
in a=20
tent along Louisiana 22, outside Mandeville, authorities said. </P>
<P>Ruple said the influx of new residents who moved to the parish since =
Katrina=20
continues to be an issue for law enforcement officials. </P>
<P>"It's a concern for everybody," he said. </P>
<P>. . . . . . . </P>
<P>Jenny Hurwitz can be reached at (985) 645-2848 or =
jhurwitz@timespicayune.com.=20
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