PORT ALLEN- Louisiana State Police Troopers in Troop A arrested a Livingston man after a traffic stop on Thursday, August 15.
Troopers assigned to Troop A stopped an eastbound 2014 Dodge Ram for a traffic violation on I-10 near Port Allen in West Baton Rouge Parish. The vehicle was driven by, 39-year-old Darrell Ray Smith Jr. of Livingston.
During the course of the traffic stop, Troopers became suspicious of criminal activity and requested consent to search the vehicle. Upon doing so, Troopers discovered nearly 2.5 kilos of methamphetamines.
As Troopers attempted to place Smith under arrest, he became actively resistant by pushing and kicking the Troopers. Smith was able to re-enter the Dodge and began to flee the traffic stop with a Trooper trapped in the driver side door jamb. Smith then accelerated and began to drag the Trooper across the roadway.
The Trooper eventually broke free and landed on the roadway where he sustained minor injuries. Smith ultimately escaped the traffic stop.
Later that evening, the Fugitive Apprehension Unit, which is composed of Louisiana State Police Troopers, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, and Baton Rouge Police Officers, located Smith and placed him under arrest in Hammond.
Smith was charged with Attempted Murder of a Police Officer, Batter on a Police Officer, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Resisting an Officer with Force or Violence, Possession with the Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, and Improper Lane Usage.
The case is still under investigation and there may be further charges.