Man spends birthday in jail after high speed pursuit

MONROE, La. - A Monroe man is spending his birthday behind bars for multiple drug charges after leading troopers on a high speed pursuit.

Louisiana State Police arrested Morris Clark, 29 of Monroe, Monday night (November 6, 2017).

According to the arrest report, around 9:30 p.m. troopers saw a Lincoln Towncar drive onto the shoulder of US 165, and make a turn on LA 15.

Troopers stopped the vehicle for improper lane use on Winnsboro road in the Mac’s Grocery parking lot.

Troopers say they smelled alcohol on Clark when they spoke to him and said he appeared to be nervous.

Clark advised the troopers that he had a warrant out for his arrest.

Troopers asked Clark to step out of the vehicle, but he would not comply.

Clark set back in his seat and grabbed the steering wheel and gear shifter.

Troopers tried to get Clark out of the vehicle, but he put the vehicle in drive and took off.

Troopers pursued Clark at speeds of 90 mph in a 35 mph zone.

Clark traveled in the wrong lane of travel, ran multiple stop signs and ran several vehicles off the road.

Clark finally stopped at 113 Texas Avenue where he began to flee on foot carrying a black bag.

While running, Clark fell to the ground and dropped the bag.

Clark was placed under arrest without incident.

Troopers then searched the bag that Clark dropped and found a Taurus .45 caliber pistol and approximately 200 grams of suspected marijuana.

A search of the vehicle revealed a box of clear plastic bags and one set of scales.

Clark has been booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center (OCC) where the OCC staff located a marijuana cigarette in his pocket.

Clark is charged with improper lane use, resisting an officer, aggravated flight from an officer, possession with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

His bond has been set at $74,150.00.

 

 

 


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