Traffic stop leads to arrest on multiple charges

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A Minden man is in jail on several charges after he failed to use his turn signals.

Roderick Chatman, 46, of the 600 block of Cherry St., was arrested by Minden Police for resisting an officer by false name, resisting by flight, suspended driver’s license, no insurance, expired plate, no tail lamps and 5 outstanding warrants by probation and parole.

Police Chief Steve Cropper said Ofc. Chris Cayer spotted Chatman’s Cadillac making a turn onto Fincher Road without using turn signals.

“”The officer made contact with Chatman, who gave him a last name of Johnson,” Cropper said. “He asked Chatman for a valid driver’s license, and Chatman said he had an ID only.”

Cropper said as Off. Kayla Little arrived on the scene, Chatman fled on foot.

“The subject stopped and followed commands as Off. Little was able to stop his advance by pulling her marked patrol unit in front of him,” said the chief. “He corrected his identity. They arrested him and he was transferred to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.”

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