COVINGTON — A Covington man is facing attempted murder charges after he tried to run over his girlfriend’s 8-year-old son with his pickup truck, then rammed a sheriff’s deputy’s car on Interstate 12, St. Tammany Sheriff’s Spokesman Capt. Daniel Seuzeneau reported.
According to the Sheriff’s Office report, the mother of the young boy was playing baseball with her son in the yard of their Pine Street Road home near Covington when her boyfriend, Shawn Porrovechio, came outside.
After a brief exchange of words with the child, Porrovechio picked up one of the baseballs and threw it at the child, narrowly missing his head, Seuzeneau reported. When confronted by the mother, Porrovechio threw a second baseball, striking the mother.
When the mother requested Porrovechio leave the residence, he got into his black Chevy S10 and accelerated into the center of the yard where the 8-year-old child was still standing. The child ran toward his mother and out of the path of the truck before Porrovechio fled the scene, and the mother called 911.
Responding deputies observed Porrovechio’s truck on Hwy. 21 and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. Instead of stopping, Porrovechio entered Interstate 12 with deputies in pursuit, with the chase finally ending west of the Hwy. 1077 exit when Porrovechio rammed his truck into a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy’s car, causing both vehicles to crash.
The deputy and Porrovechio were transported to local hospitals with minor injuries sustained during the crash.
Porrovechio, age 34, of 15135 Pine Street, Covington was arrested on the following charges and booked in to the St. Tammany Parish Jail: Attempted First Degree Murder, Aggravated Battery, Domestic Abuse Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Flight from Officer and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Porrovechio was also booked as a fugitive out of Jefferson Parish, where he was wanted for two traffic attachments and one attachment for failure to pay child support.