A Minden man ended up in handcuffs after reportedly running from police and wrecking his vehicle, adding drug charges to the list of offenses when police discovered what appeared to be marijuana lying on the ground.
Tabrintondrazeous D. Allen, 23, of the 500 block of Patrick Street, was arrested Wednesday, April 15, and charged with possession of Schedule I CDS (marijuana) with intent to distribute, failure to use a turn signal, obstruction of justice, driving under suspension and aggravated flight from an officer. Bonds totaled $29,150.
Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper says Officer Clint Smith attempted to initiate a traffic stop on Sibley Road north of Interstate 20.
“The vehicle merged on to interstate and refused to stop,” Cropper said. “He traveled on I-20 to the Dixie Inn exit, driving at a high rate of speed. When he exited at Dixie Inn, he lost control and ran off the roadway.”
His vehicle came to rest partly in the road, according to reports, and Smith searched the driver, later identified as Allen, and discovered a small bag of suspected marijuana in his left front pants pocket. A search of the perimeter around the vehicle revealed a large bag of what appeared to be marijuana on the ground.
A search of the vehicle yielded another large bag of suspected marijuana, according to reports.
“He’d actually hid one of them (bags) underneath the car after it came to rest,” the chief said. “And they found another he’d thrown out on the roadway.”
Allen was placed under arrest and transported to the Minden Police station. Once there, Cropper says Allen admitted to throwing one of the bags out of the window. Police seized approximately nine ounces of suspected marijuana.
Sgt. Chris McClaran and Officer Brandon Curry assisted in the traffic stop and arrest of Allen.
Dixie Inn Police impounded the vehicle.
Allen is currently incarcerated at Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.