A traffic stop for speeding in Webster Parish has landed a young couple in the lockup and may have speeded up the solution of the theft of firearms in Arkansas.
According to Sheriff Gary Sexton, a parish patrol deputy stopped a vehicle driven by 21-year-old Christopher Jamar Washington late Friday for speeding on U.S. Hwy. 79 north of Minden. Sexton said Washington and a passenger in the vehicle, 19-year-old Heather Lynn Hudson, gave deputies reasons to be suspicious following the stop.
"They were both acting very nervous, so our deputies asked and received permission to conduct a search of the vehicle, which was owned by Heather Hudson," Sexton said.
During the search, Sexton said the deputies found an open bottle of alcohol on the back seat and a pair of firearms in the trunk.
"We learned the firearms were reported stolen in Crossett, Ark.," Sexton said.
Washington has been charged with speeding, driving under suspension, violation of the open container law, possession of stolen firearms and resisting arrest. He is being held at Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.
Hudson, who was also booked at BDCC, is charged with violation of the open container statute and possession of stolen firearms. Sexton said Crossett authorities have requested a hold on both suspects.