Sheriff: Convicted felon arrested after traffic stop

Published 2:40 pm Friday, December 10, 2021

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On Tuesday, a Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detective was on criminal patrol near the town limits of Angie when he observed a driver committing traffic offenses, according to WPSO Chief Criminal Deputy Mike Haley.

Haley said that the detective was able to stop the vehicle near the town limits of Varnado and encountered the driver, Jovon Darrell McKinley, 33, a resident of Highway 438.

During the traffic stop, it was discovered that McKinley was in possession of illegal drugs as well as a fully loaded 9 mm semi-automatic pistol, Haley said. McKinley, a convicted felon from a previous arrest for distribution of illegal drugs, was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail on charges of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, possession of illegal drugs, failure to appear in court and traffic offenses. He remained in jail for two days until being released on a $15,250 bond.

“Even what seems like a simple traffic offense can lead to more serious issues,” Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal said. “We may never know his intent in carrying a pistol, but we do know his pistol is now secure in our evidence storage vault.”