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OUACHITA PARISH (KTVE/KARD) — On Saturday, March 11, 2023, at 5:03 PM, Louisiana State Police were notified of a crash on U.S. 165 near Charmingdale Road. Upon arrival, authorities learned that a black Chevrolet Tahoe exited the roadway, crashing and overturning the vehicle upside-down.

According to the affidavit, troopers made contact with the driver, Christopher J. Barnes, who was uninjured and allegedly refused medical attention. Authorities placed Barnes under arrest after he allegedly seemed too impaired to operate a vehicle.

Authorities went on to locate a backpack in Barnes’ possession that contained hundreds of Xanax tablets and approximately 100 or more Oxycodone tablets. Barnes was charged with two counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Careless Operation, and Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated.

His bond was set at $21,250.