Arrestee escapes patrol car

A man was arrested early Monday morning after he allegedly discarded suspected drug paraphernalia and attempted to flee from an officer.

At about 12:30 a.m., a Ruston Police officer spotted a car with its lights off and doors open on Union Avenue off South Jones Street. When the driver saw the officer, he looked startled, closed his door, and an item believed to be a “crack pipe” was thrown out the passenger side of the car. The car then attempted to flee. 

The car was pursued a short distance before it pulled into a Jones Street residence. The driver exited the vehicle and jumped up on the trunk of the car.

The driver was instructed to get off the car, and he hesitated but finally complied. Jimmy Ray Turner, 40, of Ruston, was handcuffed and placed in a patrol car.

After checking the car for other occupants and finding none, the officer went back to the patrol car and found Turner had one of his hands free from the handcuffs. He was re-cuffed behind his back and returned to the patrol car.

While officers were looking for the suspected crack pipe thrown from the car, Turner got the handcuffs in front of him and ran from the patrol car. He was caught nearby and transported to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center.

Turner was booked for simple escape, flight from an officer, and obstruction of justice by destruction of evidence.

Bail was set at $30,000.

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