By Bonnie Culverhouse
A Shreveport man driving east of Minden on Hwy. 79 is now at Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center on numerous drug charges.
William T. Hughes, 34, of the 2400 block of Pinehurst Blvd., has been charged with driving while intoxicated, illegal carrying of a firearm with controlled dangerous substances, possession of Sch. I, Sch. II and Sch. IV and drug paraphernalia.
On December 8., Sgt. Ryan Brashier, with Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, observed Hughes’ vehicle crossing the fog and center lines numerous times on Hwy. 79. He reportedly activated his emergency blue lights and said Hughes turned on his left turn signal, pulling onto the shoulder of the road.
Hughes reportedly continued on the shoulder for approximately one mile before turning onto a dirt road and coming to a stop.
Brashier said he exited his vehicle and approached Hughes, while identifying himself. He said he then asked Hughes to step out of his vehicle with his driver’s license, while noticing a strong odor of suspected Marijuana on the subject and his vehicle.
Hughes, reportedly showing signs of impairment, handed Brashier three different identifications from other individuals, as well as a passport. Brashier said he conducted a field sobriety test and then placed Hughes under arrest.
The sergeant said a Colt 45 caliber handgun was in plain view on the passenger seat, along with a Marijuana grinder on the console. A prescription bottle with no name and containing three different kinds of pills was also in plain sight.
Charges for improper lane usage and no driver’s license were added.
* Arrests are a matter of public record.