Comment on stranger’s Florida Gators attire led to car chase and drive-by shooting
Wearing an SEC rival’s gear in enemy territory is bound to get a reaction, but one Florida fan’s decision to wear a Gators shirt in a Baton Rouge, La. strip club inspired a bizarre incident that led to a car chase and a drive-by shooting.
According to The Advocate, Everett L. Beauchamp IV was visiting The Penthouse Club when a fellow patron made a comment about his UF shirt. He reacted violently:
In response, Beauchamp picked up a stool at the valet entrance to the club and tried to assault the man who made the comment, but he was stopped.
The commenter was part of a group of six men at the club for a bachelor party. They left, and Beauchamp decided to chase after them in his car:
Beauchamp threatened to get a weapon and walked to his vehicle to get a handgun, the report says, at which time the men drove away in their vehicle.
Beauchamp followed them in his 2013 Ford Raptor down College Drive onto I-10 eastbound, the report says. The men exited at Essen Lane, only to get back onto I-10 going westbound, at which point Beauchamp tried to ram his vehicle into theirs.
The story takes an extreme turn following the attempted ramming:
Beauchamp followed them onto the interstate and as they reached the I-10 westbound, I-12 eastbound loop Beauchamp opened fire on their vehicle, striking the vehicle once under the driver’s side taillight.
The group of six were able to ditch Beauchamp by exiting at Dalrymple Drive. Shortly after, Beauchamp made it easy for law enforcement to find him:
Shortly before 3 a.m. uniform patrolers found an impaired Beauchamp and his vehicle after he drove his truck into the LSU Lakes at East Lakeshore near Stanford Avenue, according to the report.
The article states Beauchamp, whose breath test revealed a blood alcohol level of 0.19, was booked on six counts of assault by drive-by shooting, one count of aggravated criminal damage to property, DWI, reckless driving, failure to maintain control and one count of illegal use of a weapon.