Stop leads to two arrests

Two Grambling women were taken into custody on a traffic stop Friday on numerous charges.

Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Sergeant J. Johnson was on patrol on Igoe Inn Road when he observed several equipment violations on a vehicle. When the vehicle was stopped, the driver, Shenita Hardyway, 43, told Sgt. Johnson her driver’s license was suspended and she was likely wanted on warrants. A records check indicated Hardyway was wanted by Ruston Police for felony theft and for failing to appear in court on suspended license and vehicle registration charges.

A rear seat passenger not wearing a seat belt, Brittani Mardis, 34, initially provided a false name to deputies. Mardis stated there were illegal drugs in the car. A search revealed a “crack” pipe between the driver’s seat and the center console, and suspected cocaine on the back seat where Mardis was sitting and between the front passenger seat and center console. 

Mardis and Hardyway were arrested and taken to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center. Mardis was booked for resisting an officers by providing false identification, possession of cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bail is $3,500.

Deputies booked Hardyway for the felony theft warrant, two bench warrants, failure to register a vehicle, driving under suspension, possession of cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $11,500.

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