According to St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert the Narcotics Division made the following arrests:
Van C. Clay, 37, 11411 Old Jeanerette Road, Jeanerette, LA was arrested on August 2, 2016 at 5:09 pm for the following offenses:
- Improper lane usage
- 2 counts resisting an officer (with force)
- Second degree battery of a police officer
- Battery of a police officer
- Obstruction of justice
- Criminal trespass
- Criminal damage to property
- Possession of marijuana
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Possession of a Legend Drug without a prescription (Augmentin)
- Warrant for careless operation of a motor vehicle, maximum speed limit violation, criminal trespass, hit and run driving, flight from an officer, no license plate, and no vehicle insurance
Narcotics detectives patrolling the Four Corners area observed a vehicle drive off the roadway on two occasions while traveling on Highway 318. Detectives conducted a traffic stop and observed the driver, later identified as Clay, quickly exit the vehicle. Detectives made contact with Clay and ordered him to stop. Clay refused to comply and aggressively pushed passed detectives. Detectives then observed an object, suspected of being illegal drugs, inside Clay’s mouth. Detectives attempted to prevent him from swallowing the item, but were unsuccessful. Clay then grabbed a detective and attempted to push him to the ground. As detectives worked to detain the suspect, Clay struck a detective in the face and fled. The detective later received medical treatment for the injury. Detectives pursued the suspect on foot to a nearby residence and located Clay hiding beneath the house. Clay was taken into custody. Continuing the investigation, detectives located marijuana, a grinder, and several Legend Drug pills for which Clay did not have a prescription. Detectives also located an active warrant for his arrest. While being transported to an area hospital, Clay repeatedly slammed his head against the police unit causing damage to a window. Clay was released from the medical facility and transported to the parish jail for booking. No bail is set. The warrant for Clay was issued as the result of a traffic stop investigation in April. A deputy patrolling the Jeanerette area observed a vehicle traveling 72 miles per hour in a posted 45 miles per hour zone on Highway 182 and initiated a traffic stop. The deputy saw that the vehicle had no license plate displayed. The driver of the vehicle refused to stop turning into the driveway of a residence and striking a mailbox. The driver continued to travel through yards causing damage. The driver then stopped the vehicle, exited the van, and fled on foot. Continuing the traffic stop investigation, the deputy positively identified the driver as Clay and obtained the warrant for his arrest.
According to St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert, over the last 24-hour reporting period, the Sheriff’s Office responded to 26 complaints and reports the following arrests:
Bryce J. Tabor, 21, 105 Hendricks Street, Patterson, LA was arrested on August 2, 2016 at 1:19 pm on a warrant for stalking. The warrant was obtained following an investigation into a report of harassment. The detective assigned to the case found evidence that Tabor threatened the female victim’s life and the lives of others multiple times via text message. Tabor was transported from the Lafayette Parish jail to the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center on the warrant. No bail is set.
Ronald R. Wesley, Jr., 33, 19821 Highway 182, Jeanerette, LA was arrested on August 2, 2016 at 5:38 pm on a warrant for criminal damage to property and aggravated battery. A deputy investigating a complaint of property damage at a residence Charenton collected evidence that Wesley threw a piece of cement through the window of an SUV at a female victim. Wesley was transported from the Jeanerette Police Department to the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center on the warrant. No bail is set.
Ronald Johnson, 25, 505 Saturn Road, Bayou Vista, LA was arrested on August 2, 2016 at 6:33 pm for domestic abuse battery (in the presence of juveniles). A deputy investigating a report of a domestic disturbance gathered evidence that Johnson grabbed a female victim’s arm during an argument. Johnson was holding a small child at the time of the physical encounter. Johnson was transported to the parish jail for booking. No bail is set.
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