Hammond man arrested on numerous charges in Ponchatoula

Edwards Ponchatoula PD Announces Narcotics and DWI Arrest Ponchatoula Police Chief Bry Layrisson reports the arrest of a Hammond man on numerous charges. Huey Donovan Edwards (w/m, age 51, Hammond) was arrested on the following charges: Improper Lane Usage, Improper Display of License Plate, Driving under Suspension, DWI-3rd Offense, Possession of Schedule I, 2 Counts of Possession of Schedule II, Possession of Schedule III, Possession of Schedule IV, Possession of Firearm while in Possession of CDS, Open Container in Vehicle, Fugitive from Another Jurisdiction and Failure to Appear. On the evening of Sunday, June 10, 2013, a Ponchatoula Police Officer observed a blue Chevrolet truck traveling west on East Pine St. The officer noticed the vehicle swerve left of the center line and suddenly jerk back into the correct lane of travel. The officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. The officer made contact with the driver, Huey Edwards, who willingly stated that his driver\'s license was suspended and the vehicle had no insurance. Edwards was speaking with a slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet. The officer was able to locate a temporary tag in the rear window of the vehicle. As the officer was removing the temporary tag from the window, another officer observed Edwards place something in the bed of his truck. The officers retrieved the object, which was a plastic cylinder containing a powdery substance, to which Edwards stated that it was “Meth.” At that time, officers placed Edwards in custody for the possession of methamphetamine (Sch II). Officers located on Edwards\' person another plastic cylinder, to which Edwards stated contained “pain pills.” The pills were later identified as Hydrocodone (Sch III), Morphine (Sch II), and Clonazepam (Sch IV). Officers advised Edwards that his vehicle was going to be towed due to his arrest and the vehicle having no insurance. Officers did a vehicle inventory and found an open bottle of whiskey on the floorboard, appx 4 grams of suspected marijuana and a .357 revolver. Edwards was given a Standardized Field Sobriety Test, and the officer found enough probable cause to charge Edwards with his third DWI. Edwards admitted to taking narcotics earlier in the evening but stated that he had not consumed any alcohol. Edwards provided a urine sample for chemical testing, which will be sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis, and a breath test, which yielded a result of no detectable alcohol. Edwards was transported to the Ponchatoula Police Department for booking and later transported to Tangipahoa Parish Jail on the above stated charges. Chief Layrisson stated, “It is through proactive police work, such as traffic stops, that dramatically increases our chances of taking drugs and criminals off our streets. I am extremely proud of the officers at the Ponchatoula Police Department for their efforts to keep the streets of Ponchatoula safe.”

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