While searching for a vehicle involved in an alleged child endangerment offense, a Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy observed a vehicle matching the description. A traffic stop was made on the vehicle at the intersection of Dan Street and Mitchell Avenue in Bogalusa.
When the deputy asked the driver for identification, the driver fled on foot. After a foot pursuit and a brief struggle, the deputy arrested James Keys, 28, a resident of 918 Union Avenue in Bogalusa. Conducting a vehicle search incidental to the arrest, the deputy discovered methamphetamine, cash and a stolen pistol
Keys was transported to the Washington Parish Jail where he remains with bond set at $91,003. He is charged with:
- Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs
- Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance With a Weapon Present
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Possession of a Stolen Firearm
- Resisting an Officer by Flight on Foot
- Obstruction of Justice
- Failure to Appear (misdemeanor)
- Four counts of Failure to Appear (felony)
Keys has been in the Washington Parish Jail on two previous occasions. On March 13, 2006, he was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault by Drive By Shooting and Illegal Discharge of a Weapon. He was released on May 12, 2006, after posting a $125,000 bond.
His next arrest was January 6, 2008, on charges of Illegal Discharge of a Weapon and Simple Battery. He was released on January 8, 2008, after posting a $5,500 bond.
Sheriff Randy Seal was quick to praise the patrol deputy for his actions in this matter. “Any time a deputy stops a known felon who is in possession of a semi-automatic pistol, there is a substantial risk of danger. The deputy did not know Keys’ criminal history when he stopped him and this situation could have gone bad quickly. I congratulate our deputy for handling this in a professional manner and being able to go home safely to his family.”