Broken headlight leads to narcotics arrest of Ruston man

By T. Scott Boatright

A vehicle observed by a Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol until early Sunday morning to be traveling southbound on Water Tank Road with a broken headlight resulted in the arrest of a Ruston man for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

The deputy conducted a traffic stop at Pecan Street and Second Street after activating his overhead emergency lights and reported upon approaching the suspect’s vehicle that he detected the odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the the vehicle.

A check of the driver reportedly identified him as Demerioous Carr, 29, of Burgessville Road in Ruston, who also had a female passenger in the vehicle sitting next to him.

The deputy said the pair was asked to and did exit the vehicle and that when asked about the smell Carr admitted that, “I just gone done smoking in the car.”

A search then conducted of the vehicle reportedly revealed half of a smoked cigar wrapper containing marijuana.

Searching further, the deputy reported finding a plastic Walmart bag under the passenger seat that reportedly revealed two large, clear bags of suspected marijuana, a black and orange digital scale, and an opened box of sandwich bags.

A jar found in the driver’s side door compartment reportedly also contained trace amounts of marijuana.

The deputy then advised the pair of their Miranda rights, which they responded that they understood, and upon further questioning Carr reportedly claimed ownership of the marijuana and paraphernalia.

Carr’s arrest reportedly noted that LPSO dispatch had informed the deputy that Carr had a criminal history showing four previous convictions of possession with intent to distribute since 2012.

The deputy then transported Carr to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center, and during that trip the deputy’s onboard dashboard camera that Carr asked him, “Can’t you just pull over and beat the (expletive) out of me and let me go?”

Carr remained in the LPDC on Tuesday facing charges of possession of a Schedule I drug with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving with a broken headlight.

Bond for Carr was set at $25,000.

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