By Bonnie Culverhouse
A fugitive from Caddo Parish is in a Webster Parish jail on multiple charges.
Jessica Oberly Durbin, 39, of Stonewall, was arrested by Minden Police Saturday and is charged with obstruction of justice, possession of natural Marijuana and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of juveniles.
Chief Steve Cropper said Lt. Chris Hammontree, Sgt. Mitch Hacket and K-9 officer Tigo were dispatched to Homer Road in reference to a man who fell from a vehicle.
“Lt. Hammontree located the scene on Hwy. 531 almost 400 feet from Homer Road,” Cropper said. “A male subject was on the ground, bleeding profusely from his head.”
Witnesses reportedly told officers the subject exited a vehicle while it was traveling at a high rate of speed.
“The witnesses directed officers to the vehicle, which was occupied by Durbin in the driver’s seat,” said the chief. “Her juvenile daughter was in the backseat. A different witness told officers he saw Durbin hiding a large bag of Marijuana in the back of the vehicle before officers arrived on the scene.”
Officers mirandized Durbin. When she exited her vehicle, they reportedly observed a Glock handgun under the left side of the driver’s seat.
“Durbin told the officers she was a felon and the gun belonged to the male subject,” Cropper said. “She told them the two were having an argument on Homer Road headed south into Minden with the male driving the vehicle.
“She said the subject got out of the vehicle with the keys in his hand, but she had an extra set, so she got in the driver’s seat and pulled off,” the chief continued. “At some point, the man got back into the vehicle, then changed his mind and wanted out. When Durbin refused to stop, he jumped from the vehicle.”
When asked about the drugs, Durbin reportedly told officers they belonged to the male subject.
“Tigo was used to perform an open air sniff of the vehicle, and he alerted to the odor of illegal narcotics inside the vehicle,” Cropper said. “During a search, officers located a baggie containing 22.24 grams of natural Marijuana hidden in a radio box in the back cargo area. There was also a used pink Methamphetamine pipe in the driver’s side door pocket.”
The male subject was transported to Minden Medical Center but was then transferred to Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport with a skull fracture.
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