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Traffic stop turns into foot chase

by Minden Press-Herald

600011610521A car chase turned into a foot pursuit during a traffic stop.

Minden Police arrested Charles Alan Williams, 42, of the 700 block of Clay Street, for improper lane use, aggravated flight, resisting by flight, resisting by force or violence, possession of methamphetamine, possession of suboxone and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police Chief Steve Cropper said about 10:15 p.m., Tuesday, Officer Brandon Coker attempted to make a traffic stop when he saw a Dodge pickup drive into the wrong lane on Fairview Street at Shreveport Road. When he activated his lights and sirens, the driver, later identified as Williams, would not stop, according to reports.

“He began to swerve all over the road crossing into the left lane several times,” he said.

Williams then turned onto to Horton Street running the stop sign and continued around to Clay Street. He turned left and stopped in a driveway in the 700 block of Clay Street, he said.

“Williams then fled on foot behind the residence,” Cropper said. “The officer was able to take the subject down in the backyard of the residence.”

Williams and the officer struggled, and when backup arrived, the officers were able to take him into custody, according to the police report. He was searched for weapons and placed into a patrol unit.

Cropper said a search of the area revealed an ibuprofen bottle containing suspected suboxone pills, and when his vehicle was searched, officers discovered approximately one gram of suspected methamphetamine and a bag with suspected methamphetamine residue on it was located. Next to the bag was a cut off straw with suspected methamphetamine residue inside.

Cropper said Williams had a laceration on his forehead from the struggle with officers, and medics called to the scene checked him out.

He transported to police headquarters for booking and later transferred to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

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