By Jennifer Lenain, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
Officers caught a driver running a stop sign and all three occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody on various charges.
While patrolling on the evening of Oct. 11, an officer conducted a traffic stop at East Fourth Street and North Haugh Avenue on a vehicle that ran a stop sign, said Jeremy Magri, assistant to the chief of police.
The driver of the vehicle identified himself as William A. King III, 54, of 14 Cove Lane, Carriere, Magri said. The front-seat passenger was identified as Raymond B. Lee, 50, of 223 Lakeside Dr., Carriere, and the rear passenger was identified as Richard J. Davis III, 44, of 33 Tom Seals Rd., Carriere.
The officer checked the subjects’ names for local warrants and learned that Lee had an outstanding warrant with the Picayune Police Department for failure to appear, said Magri. “Lee also had five warrants with the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Office,” he said.
Magri said Lee was then removed from the vehicle, at which time the officer also saw an open can of beer at his feet, and he was taken into custody.
“The officer observed King reach over the center console and pick up an open pack of cigarettes and empty the packet,” Magri said. “At that time, an unknown object fell out.”
King picked up the object and in an attempt to hide it, placed it between his legs, said Magri. King was ordered to place his hands on the steering wheel, but instead reached between his legs for the object.
“In an attempt to retrieve the object, the officer entered into the vehicle and King began to resist him,” Magri said.
When a second officer arrived on the scene, the struggle with King continued.
“King was finally removed from the vehicle,” and Magri said his resistance continued while he was on the ground.
When King was taken into custody, officers recovered a “glass, crack pipe with burnt residue in it from King’s hands,” Magri said.
Davis was then removed from the rear of the vehicle and officers saw an open can of beer on the floor board and Magri said he also was taken into custody.
King was charged with disorderly conduct-failure to comply, resisting arrest, possession of paraphernalia and running a stop sign.
Lee was charged on the outstanding warrant with the Picayune Police Department, possession of open beer and a hold was placed on him by the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Office for the five outstanding warrants.
Davis was charged with possession of open beer.