Man may have hit 2 cops

Published 4:05 am Friday, September 22, 2017

A Bogalusa man was arrested last Friday and is accused of injuring two Causeway Police officers after a traffic stop, according to information released by Lake Ponchartrain Causeway officials.

Causeway officials released a probable cause affidavit that was filed with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, identifying the suspect as Gregory D. Alexander, 31.

According to the affidavit, on Friday, Sept. 15, a traffic stop was made by Officer Christian Coyle and Sgt. Michael Dufrene at 1101 N. Causeway Blvd. in Mandeville. During the investigation it was reportedly discovered that Alexander, the driver, was carrying an illegal weapon — brass knuckles.

Alexander was then placed into custody in the rear of a Causeway Police vehicle, at which point officers began to complete an inventory of Alexander’s vehicle before it was towed away. According to the affidavit, Alexander then began beating on the rear passenger door of the police vehicle.

“As Sgt. Dufrene opened the door to check on Mr. Alexander, Mr. Alexander jumped out of the rear of the police vehicle and struck Sgt. Dufrene in the head with handcuffs (which he slipped in front of him), causing moderate injury to the top of Sgt. M. Dufrene’s head and fled on foot,” the affidavit stated.

According to the affidavit, Alexander also struck Coyle and injured him, before fleeing on foot from the scene.

“Mr. Alexander then fled into an alleyway where he was brought to the ground,” the affidavit stated. “During the scuffle, Mr. Alexander was attempting to disarm Officer C. Coyle with no avail. Mr. Alexander was placed back into custody.”

Alexander was transported to Lakeview Hospital for evaluation, and then transported to the St. Tammany Parish Jail.

Alexander was charged with DWI-first offense, improper lane use, false inspection sticker, no driver’s license, no vehicle registration, no proof of insurance, illegal carrying of a weapon, felony-battery on a police officer (two counts), felony-resisting an officer with violence (two counts), felony-aggravated escape, attempted disarming of a police officer, attempted murder of a police officer and unauthorized use of a moveable.