NEWS

Pursuit leads to arrest of man on felony and misdemeanor charges; search underway for driver

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

GONZALES – On Sept. 4, a City of Gonzales Police Department officer made an enforcement stop on a car that was swerving from the yellow line to the side fog line on West Worthy St. within the city limits. As the vehicle came to a stop, the passenger, Ahmad Johnson of 4562 Brown St., Darrow, attempted to exit the vehicle.

     The officer instructed Johnson to remain in the vehicle and for the driver to exit. At this time, the driver sped off with both himself and the passenger still in the truck.

     The officer went in pursuit of the vehicle which wrecked on South George St. Both the driver and the passenger began running north bound and escaped on foot.

     More officers and a detective were called to the scene, where they found a Glock 22 semi-automatic handgun, 13 grams of crack cocaine and 20 grams of heroin.

     As officers continued to investigate, a female approached them to say a man had come inside of her home and was hiding under her bed. Officers immediately made their way into the residence, where they found Johnson, who was injured from the accident, and placed him under arrest before transporting him to St. Elizabeth Hospital. Upon his release, he was transported to the Ascension Parish Jail in Donaldsonville and is currently awaiting bond on the following charges: One felony count of unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, one felony count of possession of heroin, one felony count of possession of a Schedule II controlled dangerous substance – cocaine, one felony count of possession of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoids, one felony count of illegal carry of a weapon, one misdemeanor count of flight from an officer.

     The City of Gonzales Police Department is still investigating the incident and is actively working to find the identity of the driver. If anyone has any information, they are asked to contact (225) 647-9583 and speak to anyone regarding the Ahmed Johnson case.