A Covington man is behind bars after police say he tried to run over an 8-year-old then rammed a sheriff’s deputy on I-12. Capt. Daniel Seuzeneau with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office says they received a 911 call about a domestic dispute between 34-year-old Shawn Porrovecchio and his girlfriend.
“He then got into his truck and accelerated towards the center of the yard where the 8-year-old was standing and tried to run him over. The mother and the kid ran out of the path of the truck, and then Porrovecchio fled the scene,” Seuzeneau said.
Seuzeneau says Porrovecchio also threw baseballs at both the child and his mother. He says deputies spotted the suspect on Highway 21, where he led police in a chase to Interstate 12.
“Right before the Highway 1077 exit, Porrovecchio rammed his truck into one of our deputy’s patrol vehicles, and it caused both vehicles to crash,” Seuzeneau said.
Seuzeneau says both the deputy and the suspect sustained minor injuries and were transported to local hospitals. He says they’re just lucky no one was seriously injured in this incident.
“This guy obviously was not in his right frame of mind, and it could have ended a lot worse. So we’re thankful that it was just minor injuries,” Seuzeneau said.
Porrovecchio was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on a list of charges, including attempted first degree murder and domestic abuse.