Monroe man facing additional charge after discarding meth inside the LPDC

David Touchet photo courtesy of the LPSO/LPDC

By T. Scott Boatright

A fugitive from another jurisdiction detained on a DWI second-offense warrant is now facing a charge of introduction of contraband into a penal institution.

The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to Bayou Road Saturday regarding a suspicious person call and made contact with the suspect, identified through dispatch as David Touchet, 41, of Monroe. While speaking with the dispatcher to identify Touchet the arresting deputy was informed that Touchet had a failure to appear warrant in Ouachita Parish for DWI second offense.

Touchet’s arrest report says he was then advised of his Miranda rights to which he responded that he understood.

After reportedly handcuffing Touchet the deputy reported that he told Touchet he was being arrested for the outstanding warrant.

While transporting Touchet to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center, the deputy reported observing Touchet to be “very fidgety” and making “furtive movements” in the back seat of the patrol unit.

The deputy reported that upon arrival at the LPDC, Touchet walked to a bench in the Sally Port and began to “violently shake his back pockets like he was trying to shake something from his pocket.”

Touchet’s arrest report says the deputy asked Touchet to stand up and when Touchet did so, the deputy observed suspected methamphetamine under the bench.

The deputy said he then advised Touchet that he would also be charged with introduction of contraband into a penal facility.

Touchet was booked on both the introduction of contraband into a penal institution and the fugitive from another jurisdiction charges with no bond set as of Monday afternoon.

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