Convicted felon arrested with pistol

A Monroe man was arrested Wednesday on several charges as he fled on foot from a traffic stop.

A Ruston Police officer stopped a Toyota Corolla traveling the wrong way on Trenton Street, a one-way highway, about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The officer saw a passenger in the back seat moving around as if attempting to conceal something. A Lincoln Parish deputy sheriff responded as backup and directed the passenger, Terrikiris Smith, 21, to exit the car.

The RPD officer saw the driver looking back at a semi-automatic pistol where Smith had been seated. The officer alerted the deputy to the gun and Smith fled on foot.

Smith was apprehended after a foot chase. He initially gave his name as Deante Walker. He eventually provided his correct name and a records check showed he was a convicted felon ineligible to possess a firearm.

Smith was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and resisting an officer.

Bail was set at $55,000.

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