Driver arrested for traffic, drug charges

A Lincoln Parish deputy arrested a man after a traffic stop led to discovery of methamphetamine in the vehicle.

About 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, Deputy J. Marshall stopped a vehicle that ran partially off the road on U.S. 167 between Vienna and Ruston.

The driver, 52-year-old Joey Hitt of Iowa, La., admitted his driver’s license was suspended, he had no insurance on the vehicle, and had not registered it. The license plate on the vehicle had been switched from another car.

A search of the vehicle discovered a small bag in the front passenger floorboard. Suspected methamphetamine and two syringes filled with an unknown substance were found in the bag. Hitt admitted the bag belonged to him.

Hitt was arrested and booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, improper lane usage, driving under suspension, no insurance, and failure to register a vehicle. 

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