40-year-old Ponchatoula man arrested for DWI, drugs

40-year-old Ponchatoula man arrested for DWI, drugs -

Ponchatoula Police Chief Bry Layrisson reports the arrest of Alvin Ramirez Jr (white, male; age 40; Wild Oak Lane, Ponchatoula) on the following charges: DWI-1st Offense, Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Chief Layrisson stated that an officer was dispatched to a local convenience store concerning a person asleep in a vehicle at the gas pumps. The caller stated that the vehicle had been parked at the pumps for at least an hour. Upon the officer’s arrival, the officer observed a white male slumped over asleep. The officer noticed that the vehicle was still in drive. The officer was able to wake the male and requested that he place the vehicle in park. The male placed the vehicle in park and turned the engine off. The officer was able to observe in plain view two white colored rocklike items on the front passenger’s seat. The white male exited the vehicle and was asked to provide a driver’s license, to which he provided a credit card. The white male spoke incoherently, was unsteady on his feet and swaying. The male eventually provided a driver’s license, which identified him as Alvin Ramirez Jr. Mr Ramirez stated to the officer that he takes prescription pain pills, as needed. When asked by the officer about the two rocklike substances on the passenger’s seat, Mr Ramirez stated it was “Crack”. Mr Ramirez admitted to smoking a few crack rocks around twelve that day. At this time, Mr Ramirez was placed under arrest. Mr Ramirez stated that he had no preference of which wrecker removed his vehicle from the scene. A vehicle inventory was conducted prior to the wrecker’s arrival. During this inventory, officers located a hypodermic needle, a bottom of a Coca Cola can which had burn marks on it and suspected narcotics residue on the opposing side, and a blue tube with burn marks on one end and a filter on the other end (this type is commonly used for smoking narcotics). The officer also located two orange colored pill bottles containing an unknown clear liquid, and a bottle of Oxycodone prescribed to Mr Ramirez. The oxycodone was prescribed on 07/05/13 for the quantity of 90 pills, and on this day 07/07/13 had only three pills in the bottle. Mr Ramirez was transported to the Ponchatoula Police Department, where he submitted a urine sample for analysis. Mr Ramirez was booked and later transported to parish jail in Amite on the above stated charges.

Ponchatoula Police recover stolen ATV

Ponchatoula Police Chief Bry Layrisson reports that his department fielded a call concerning a stolen four wheeler on the morning of July 06, 2013. Chief Layrisson stated that the homeowner noticed that his Honda Foreman four wheeler was missing from his yard on South First St. The four wheeler was eventually located in Brookfield Trace Subdivision, off of Esterbrook Rd, and two white male juveniles admitted to stealing the ATV.

Chief Layrisson stated that his officers went to the South First St address and spoke to the victim. The victim advised that the four wheeler had been left in the yard with the keys in it. The victim was able to provide officers with the VIN to the stolen ATV. Officers were able to locate ATV tire tracks leading from the front yard to the woods just north of the residence. Officers were able to pick up the tracks in the Esterbrook Rd area, and the tracks led them to Brook field Trace Subdivision. After speaking to several residents in the area, officers learned that two white male juveniles were seen on a four wheeler, and the juveniles were believed to live in Brookfield Trace. Officers located a four wheeler covered with a tarp in a yard on Brookfield Trace, and officers were able to match the VIN and confirm that this was the stolen four wheeler. The homeowner at Brookfield Trace advised that his grandson had parked the four wheeler in his yard the night prior. Officers spoke to the grandson, in the presence of the grandfather, and the grandson admitted to taking the ATV on Friday night. The grandson stated that he and another boy went joy riding and removed two cargo racks from the ATV. Officers relocated to the second suspect’s residence, also in Brookfield Trace and were able to locate the two cargo racks hidden behind the residence. Both suspects were transported to the police station and were furthered questioned with their respective guardians present. Both juveniles admitted to stealing the ATV and going joy riding. The victim advised that he did not want to pursue charges against the juveniles. The juveniles were allowed to leave with their guardians, and the ATV was returned to the victim.

Chief Layrisson added, “I am extremely proud of my officers for their quick response and their effort in not only this incident but on all calls for service received by the Ponchatoula Police Department. And once again, I would like to thank the citizens for being observant and not afraid to speak out when needed.”

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