Ponchatoula Police capture Mississippi jail escapee outside local school

PONCHATOULA---03/01/11---Ponchatoula Police arrested a Mississippi escapee who was found inside a parked car at a local school Monday night.

Ponchatoula Police Chief Bry Layrisson said officers arrested Carlos Eugene Johnson, 48, of Picayune, who was identified as a Mississippi Department of Corrections escapee, after he was found sitting inside a parked car at D.C. Reeves Elementary School Monday night.

Layrisson said Johnson was sitting inside a parked vehicle with two other people when an officer stopped to investigate. PPD allege that Johnson "took off running" towards a second vehicle, a blue Ford Escort with Mississippi plates, which was also parked at the school. Johnson then led police on a chase from Sister's Road to North First Street, Lavigne Road, and Range Road, where the suspect allegedly turned into a one-way street with no exit.

At that point, the suspect allegedly "stopped the vehicle, opened the driver door, and exited the vehicle with his hands in the air looking around screaming, 'I was scared, I was scared! I am sorry.'"

Officers ordered Johnson to get on the ground and put his hands behind his back, which he did, and police placed him under arrest.

Layrisson said Johnson refused to sign his Miranda Rights form but will be charged with careless operation, resisting arrest by flight, and fugitive from other jurisdiction. Johnson was transported to the Tangipahoa Parish Jail in Amite where he will await extradiction back to Mississippi.

Ponchatoula man arrested on drug charges; warrant issued for alleged accomplice

PONCHATOULA---03/09/2011---Ponchatoula Police have arrested a 21-year-old Ponchatoula man on possession with intent to distribute charges, and they have issued an arrest warrant for a Hammond man, wanted for involvement, after officers collected more than four pounds of marijuana from a local home.

Ponchatoula Police Chief Bry Layrisson said 21-year-old Joshua Haynes of N. Eleventh Street in Ponchatoula, was arrested this week on charges of possession with intent to distribute after police allegedly recovered more than four pounds of marijuana from Haynes' vehicle and home.

Haynes granted officers permission to search both his vehicle and his home after he was pulled over for a traffic stop for an expired license plate.

Haynes was driving along Barringer Road with a passenger. In the course of interviewing Haynes about his expired vehicle tags, officers allegedly detected the smell of marijuana in the car. Haynes allegedly admitted to having smoked marijuana with his passenger in the vehicle but denied having any additional drugs in the car.

Haynes gave consent to search the vehicle, and officers found a large amount of marijuana in the glove box. When asked if he had any additional drugs, Haynes allegedly directed police back to his residence, where they found four gallon-size Ziploc bags filled with marijuana in Haynes' bedroom.

Haynes was arrested and later told officers that the marijuana belonged to his passenger, who police say is a "known narcotics dealer."

Layrisson said Haynes was charged with possession with intent to sell and booked accordingly into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail in Amite.

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