Man arrested for unauthorized use
Being a good Samaritan doesn't always pay well, as one Minden man learned the hard way. Police reports say the man loaned his vehicle to a friend who returned several day later – in handcuffs. The vehicle was found in Bienville Parish where it had been wrecked and burned.
Keith Gibbs, 49, of the 600 block of Watts Circle has been charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said when the victim loaned his car to Gibbs, so he could take a short drive.
"A couple of days later, when Gibbs hadn't returned, the victim came to the police station and gave Officer Ryan Barnette a description of the vehicle and named Gibbs as the man driving it," Cropper said.
The next day, the chief said the victim returned and said someone had called and told him Gibbs had been chased by police in Bienville Parish where he had wrecked the car and it caught fire.
"Det. Heath Balkom made contact with Gibsland police and found out they had Gibbs," Cropper said. "Det. Balkom, with warrant in hand, went to Gibsland and interviewed Gibbs who indicated he borrowed the car and decided to go visit family in Gibsland."
The chief said Gibsland police reports showed Gibbs said he ran from police when he failed to observe a stop sign.
Gibbs was incarcerated at Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center. Bond was set at $10,000.
Cropper said the victim will have to seek restitution for his vehicle through the court system and/or through his insurance company.