By Bonnie Culverhouse
A Shreveport man is in a Webster Parish jail, following a traffic stop early Tuesday morning.
Jeremy O’Brian Briggs, 29, of the 2200 block of Queens Hwy., Shreveport, was arrested by MPD for driving while intoxicated, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, no driver’s license, improper lane usage and obstruction of justice.
Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said officers received a call about a driver swerving on I-20 eastbound. Ofc. Reece Tewell observed the driver, Briggs, who exited on Lee Street, heading north into Minden.
“The vehicle was still swerving and twice it almost hit another vehicle,” Cropper said. “Ofc. Tewell initiated a traffic stop and noticed the driver stopped in an outside lane and seemed to be moving around in the front seat of the vehicle as if he was moving things from the passenger seat.”
As he contacted Briggs, Tewell reportedly noticed an odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from him, as well as burnt marijuana in the vehicle.
“Briggs denied having marijuana in the vehicle,” Minden Police Chief-Elect Jared McIver said. “Ofc. Tewell conducted a field sobriety test, and during the test, Briggs was unable to keep his head still and only move his eyes. The officer attempted the test several times, but Briggs failed each time.”
During a search of Briggs’ person, officers reportedly located a small clear bag with suspected marijuana in his front pants’ pocket. In the same pocket, was a pack of Backwoods cigars with one cigar inside and a bundle of cash.
“Sgt. Jeremy Sitter arrived on scene and as he walked up to the location, he found a large clear bag of suspected marijuana on the ground beside the passenger door of Briggs’ vehicle,” McIver said. “Briggs allegedly stated he had thrown it out the window in an attempt to hide it from officers.”
Search of the vehicle reportedly turned up another clear bag of suspected marijuana in the passenger side compartment of the vehicle, along with more cash underneath the passenger seat. Cash seized totaled more than $2,600. Total approximate weight of the marijuana was 24.86 grams.
Briggs agreed to a chemical breath text at the Minden Police Department. It concluded a result of 0.127 percent blood alcohol level.
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