Arrest made in Webster Parish, near Minden
Proving there is no such thing as a "routine" traffic stop, a Louisiana State Trooper netted a a wanted fugitive Sunday morning after pulling him over for not using headlights.
Troop G public information officer Matt Harris said shortly after 10:30 a.m., the trooper observed a 2010 Nissan Altima traveling east on Interstate 20, just east of Minden around mile post 53.
"It was raining at the time and the vehicle's headlights were not on as required by state law," Harris said. "The trooper stopped the vehicle and determined it was stolen."
The trooper reportedly made contact with the driver, 50-year-old Leonardo McClinton of Monroe and attempted to take him into custody.
"McClinton then actively resisted arrest," Harris said. "Shortly thereafter, an off-duty Texas police officer stopped and used her vehicle to prevent the trooper from getting hit by traffic. McClinton was then taken into custody with the assistance of the off-duty Texas police officer and other responding troopers."
As McClinton was being taken into custody, the off-duty Texas police officer's vehicle was reportedly struck from behind by an 18-wheeler. The vehicles were damaged in the crash, but no one was injured.
"It was also discovered that McClinton was wanted on charges from the Shreveport Police Department and the Bienville Parish Sheriff's Office," Harris said.
McClinton was later transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Facility and booked for the following charges: headlamps not on when required, unauthorized use of a vehicle, 3 counts of resisting arrest by force, 3 counts of battery on a police officer, driving under suspension, open alcoholic beverage container, no seat belt, fugitive from the Shreveport Police Department and fugitive from the Bienville Parish Sheriff's Office.