Near collision with police vehicle leads to multiple charges for Ruston man

Anthony Williams mug shot courtesy LPSO/LPDC

By T. Scott Boatright

A reported near-collision with a Ruston Police Department patrol unit resulted in the arrest of a Ruston man late Wednesday night.

The RPD unit was reportedly on patrol around 11 p.m. Wednesday when a silver Grand Marquis ran a stop sign at the intersection of Pearly and Arlington streets, almost striking the RPD patrol vehicle.

While making a traffic stop the RPD patrol unit officer reported observing the driver braking several times while reaching toward the passenger seat of the Grand Marquis before finally stopping.

After making contact with the driver, identified as Anthony Dwight Williams Jr., 25, the officer reported observing on the passenger seat a Glock 17 handgun with an extended magazine, as well as a clear plastic bag containing suspected marijuana.

Williams was then reported to be ordered to exit the vehicle and as he did, a black cell phone allegedly fell out of his pants to the ground.

The arrest report says a search of Williams revealed $2,005 in small bills in his left front pants pocket .

After being handcuffed and detained, a further search of Williams and the vehicle reportedly revealed a 12.7-gram back of suspected crack cocaine, a 3.0-gram bag of suspected cocaine, a 1.9-gram bag of suspected synthetic marijuana, a bag containing three alprazolam pills and a clear bag containing 7.7 grams of suspected synthetic cannabinoid along with a two 17-round Glock magazines.

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