Police give chase, drugs allegedly on fleeing man

By Bonnie Culverhouse

An attempt to run from police ended poorly for a local man Tuesday.

Demario Damon Nolan, 21, of the 1300 block of Lee St., Minden, was arrested by MPD and charged with resisting an officer, 2 counts of resisting an officer with force, possession of marijuana and Ecstasy. Nolan also had an active warrant through MPD for battery of a dating partner.

Chief Jared McIver said Lt. Brandon Curry was dispatched to a possible disturbance on East Street near Chestnut.

“He observed Nolan in the area of Pershing Street near Fulton,” McIver said. “As officers passed, Nolan changed his direction of travel and attempted to conceal his face.”

Curry reportedly made contact with Nolan in the 600 block of District Street. Sgt. Chris Cayer was also on scene.

“Nolan told officers he had not been involved in a disturbance and that he was just walking,” said the chief. “A warrant check by dispatch revealed an active warrant through the police department.”

When officers advised Nolan to place his hands behind his back – due to the active warrant – he began to flee on foot toward an open field.

“Lt. Curry gave chase, giving verbal commands for Nolan to stop, but he failed to comply,” McIver said. “When the lieutenant caught Nolan and took him to the ground, he began to resist Sgt. Cayer.”

Once Nolan was handcuffed and advised of his rights, he was allegedly found to be in possession of 1.5 grams of natural marijuana and one Ecstasy pill. He was booked at Minden Police Department and transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

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