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Man arrested on aggravated battery charge

by Minden Press-Herald


A Minden man was arrested in the parking lot of the Minden Police Department after a vehicular altercation led there.

Joseph Lewis, 37, of the 500 block of Crichton Street, was arrested Wednesday, July 1, and charged with domestic abuse aggravated battery, aggravated criminal damage to property, driving under suspension and no insurance. Bond was set at $13,500.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper says his officers were dispatched to Main Street at Monroe for a vehicle being rear-ended by another. As the vehicles were moving, he says, the caller stated his vehicle had been hit in the back more than once, and the driver was told to come to the police department.

“As the vehicle came into the parking lot, the vehicle that was running into the back of them came into the parking as well,” Cropper said. “Officers stopped both vehicles in the parking lot, right here in front of the police department. Mr. Lewis was driving one of the vehicles.”

The victim indicated Lewis had struck his vehicle twice on Main Street, and there was evidence of the victim’s vehicle on the suspect’s vehicle, Cropper says, by way of paint transfer marks.

“When Mr. Lewis was questioned, he indicated he only ran into them one time,” the chief said. “One of the passengers in the victim’s vehicle was the mother of the suspect’s child.”

The domestic abuse aggravated assault charge comes from the fact that at one time, Lewis and the female passenger were a couple and had a child together, Cropper says. He reportedly rammed the back of the vehicle because she was inside.
The aggravated criminal damage charge stems from the damage caused to the victim’s vehicle. He was also driving under suspension and had no insurance, the chief says.

Lewis was placed under arrest on the above charges and transferred to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

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