Two arrested on on same day in separate incidences

Published 7:00 am Saturday, September 1, 2018

Earlier this month, a woman was arrested for drug related charges and a man attacked an officer verbally and physically.

Picayune Police Assistant Chief Jeremy Magri said that on Aug. 25 at about 12:30 a.m. an officer saw a gold Ford F150 turn from Neal Road onto Palestine Road without stopping for the stop sign. While the vehicle was traveling down Palestine, the officer noticed it was weaving back and forth in the road. Magri said the officer conducted a traffic stop near Sheila Drive and approached the vehicle.

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The officer began speaking to the driver, identified as Roxanne Edwards, 54, 442 Old Kiln Road, Picayune, Magri said. The officer asked Edwards for proof of insurance, which she was unable to provide. While they were speaking, the officer noticed that she seemed to be extremely nervous. Her pupils were constricted and she was shaking and constantly looking around the vehicle, Magri said.

Because of her behavior, the officer asked for consent to search the vehicle. Inside Edwards’ purse, the officer found two plastic bags with a crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine. The officer also found several plastic straws and empty ink pens, which are commonly used to snort narcotics, along with one and a half doses of Adderall.

Edwards was arrested for two counts of possession of a controlled substance and cited for running a stop sign, careless driving, no proof of insurance and possession of paraphernalia.

Magri said that later that day, at about midnight, officers were dispatched to a local convenience store on Memorial Boulevard in regard to a person who seemed drunk and was disorderly. While patrolling the area, an officer found a suspect matching the description near Burger King, Magri said. The suspect was identified as Jarred Knight, 33, 1429 Warren St., Bogalusa, La.

Magri said when the officer approached Knight, he yelled profanities at the officer. Because Knight appeared to be under the influence of some kind of intoxicating substance, the officer asked him to place his hands behind his back. Magri said that when the officer attempted to cuff him, he began to resist.

A second officer later arrived on the scene, enabling them to take the suspect to the ground in an attempt to cuff him, Magri said. During the altercation, Knight reached into his pocket and pulled out a knife, which he soon dropped while officers were trying to wrestle him into custody.

Magri said the officers were able to get Knight into handcuffs before attempting to get him into the patrol car. While they were trying to put Knight into the back of the car, he tried to grab an officer’s taser, but was unsuccessful, Magri said. After getting into the rear seat, Knight kicked one of the officers in the chest. At this point officers were finally able to get Knight fully into the car and transport him to the Criminal Justice Center.

Magri said Knight was arrested for public drunkenness, disorderly conduct – failure to comply, resisting arrest by fighting, public profanity, exhibiting a weapon and simple assault on an officer.