Loud music, lights draw police attention

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Playing his music too loud led to the arrest of a south Webster Parish man early Monday.

Twantell Edward Brown, 35, of the 100 block of Eason Ln., Dubberly, was arrested by Minden Police for felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, multi-beam lighting, loud music, open container and driving while intoxicated (first offense.)

Lt. Chris Hammontree, according to Chief Steve Cropper, was stationary on Gum Street when his attention was drawn to a bright vehicle around 250 feet away.

“He could hear the vehicle’s loud music, and it had an off-road light bar activated on the roadway,” Cropper said. “As the vehicle approached officers, it stopped in the roadway and turned off the lights and music.”

As the vehicle passed, Hammontree reportedly initiated a traffic stop.

“The driver, identified as Twantell Brown, had slurred speech and was fumbling his wallet,” said the chief. “The officer said he smelled strongly of alcohol. He dropped his license out the window and offered to get out and pick it up. When he opened his door, an open beer fell over the driver’s floorboard.”

Lt. Hammontree and Off. Ben Sparks arrested Brown for open container.

“During a search of the vehicle, officers discovered a 9mm handgun beside the driver’s seat,” Cropper said. “The gun was reported stolen out of Humble, Texas.”

Brown reportedly admitted to being a convicted felon due to “sex offenses.”

“Brown refused to submit a breath sample into the intoxilyzer,” said the chief. “His vehicle was released to a friend.”

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