Stop leads to numerous traffic charges, illegal weapon

A Sunday morning traffic stop led to an arrest and recovery of an illegal sawed-off shotgun by Ruston Police. 

At about 2:30 Sunday morning, Officer G. Warren stopped a car not displaying a license plate near Mississippi Avenue and Bernard Street. Upon interviewing the driver, Angela Thomas, 55, of Ruston, the officer found Thomas’s driver’s license had expired in 2010 and the vehicle did not have required liability insurance. When it was determined Thomas was wanted on a warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia, she was arrested. 

Warren then spotted a sawed-off shotgun in the backseat. A glass pipe containing suspected controlled substance residue was recovered from the driver’s floorboard. The car was towed away since it could not be operated on the highway without insurance.

Thomas was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for no license plate, expired inspection sticker, expired driver’s license, no insurance, illegal carrying of a firearm, and the drug paraphernalia warrant. Thomas will be released on her own recognizance on the traffic charges when she posts $2,000 bail on the weapons charge.