Traffic accident sends one to jail; one home

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A one-vehicle accident early Sunday morning sent one man to jail and a minor male home to family.

Dennis Duck, 18, of the 100 block of Ruth Payne Rd., Shongaloo, was arrested by Minden Police and charged with possession of Marijuana, possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and unlawful possession of tobacco.

Police Chief Steve Cropper said Off. Kayla Little was dispatched to the intersection of Lewisville Road and Country Club Circle where Webster Parish Sheriff’s deputies were already securing the scene.

“When Off. Little arrived, she observed a black GMC truck in the ditch against a culvert,” Cropper said. “It was obviously inoperable. Off. Little said she spoke with Duck, the driver, who told her he was not under the influence of any narcotics.”

Duck reportedly told the officer that he was preparing to turn right on Country Club Circle when he was “bright-lighted” by an oncoming truck. He told officers it caused him to misjudge his turn and he entered the ditch.

“When Sgt. Mitch Hackett arrived, he was able to get to the minor passenger in the truck and safely remove him,” Cropper said. “Off. Little questioned the two separately and learned Duck and the minor male were under the influence of alcohol.”

After the truck was removed from the ditch, Little reportedly recovered a loaded 12 gauge shotgun from the backseat, along with additional shells that were loose in the truck.

“Multiple tobacco products were found in the truck and on their persons,” said the chief. “The officer also found a prescription bottle for Clindamycin and Ecstasy inside cellophane.”

The minor was reportedly placed in a patrol unit and transported to Minden Police Department to wait for his mother to arrive and take possession of him.

Duck was booked on the above charges and cited for careless operation of a motor vehicle.

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