BPD: Bush man arrested, then attempted escape from cops

Published 4:47 am Wednesday, August 9, 2017

After a traffic stop at Shenandoah Street and Cumberland Street for an expired inspection sticker and a broken windshield, a Bush man was arrested by the Bogalusa Police Department for a number of drug-related charges and other charges, according to Maj. Percy Knight.

Knight, the public information officer for the Bogalusa Police Department, said the man was identified as Benjamin Caldwell, 31, and the stop was made at approximately 1:30 p.m.

“Officers observed the driver stumbling and swaying when he exited the vehicle,” Knight said. “Caldwell gave the officers consent to search his vehicle. Officers conducted a pat down on Caldwell’s clothing for weapons, and located two used syringes in Caldwell’s pants pocket.

“During the search of the vehicle, officers located two pill bottles in the center console. In one of the bottles there was a piece of white rock-type substance believed to be crack cocaine. Another bottle consisted of approximately nine pills, later identified as Alprazolam 2 mg, also known as Xanax bars.”

Knight said a third used syringe was found in the back seat of the vehicle.

“After the officers placed Caldwell under arrest, he was being questioned about the drugs found in his vehicle when he became irate,” he said. “While Caldwell was in the rear seat of the police unit, he kicked out the rear door glass and shattered it in an attempt to escape.

“When officers got back to the police unit, Caldwell had the upper portion of his body hanging out of the window. The officers placed Caldwell back into the police unit and transported him to the Bogalusa City Jail. He had seven days left before finishing his parole.”

Caldwell was arrested and booked on the following charges: possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of Xanax, criminal damage to property, simple escape, possession of cocaine, expired license plate, expired motor vehicle inspection sticker, second offense driving while intoxicated, and parole hold.