Minden Press-Herald

Oct 02nd

Runner catches felony

reggie_smithA Minden man wanted by Probation and Parole rang up additional charges Thursday when he fled from a police officer and tried to escape by cutting through a privately-owned Montessori school.

Reggie Smith, 31, of the 200 block of Columbia Street is charged on a Probabtion and Parole warrant, unauthorized entry of a business and disruption of the operation of a school, which, according to Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper is a felony.

"Unauthorized entry of a business is a felony, but he actually caught two felony charges by running through this school," Cropper said.

The chief said Officer 1st Class Danny Turner was on routine patrol on East Street when he observed a vehicle in which Smith was a passenger.

"Officer Turner knew Smith was wanted by Probation and Parole, so he fell in behind the vehicle, and when it turned onto Myers Street, Officer Turner activated his emergency lights," Cropper said. "When he did so, Smith exited the passenger side of the vehicle and began running."

Smith reportedly ran behind some residences and jumped a fence.

"He ran into the school on Lee Street," Cropper said. "He actually ran through one door and out the other door. It had kids in it, and it scared them when he came barreling through."

Cropper said the officer gave the command to release his canine partner.

"When Smith heard 'dog,' he went to the ground," Cropper said. "He was then taken into custody."






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