SHERIFF’S OFFICE PATROL DEPUTY RECOVERS STOLEN FIREARM
While on patrol in southeast Bogalusa, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputy Tyler Lindsey stopped a car being driven by a man not wearing a seatbelt. During the traffic stop, Deputy Lindsey learned that the driver had a weapon in the vehicle.
Sgt. David Cupp responded to the scene and assisted while the driver exited the vehicle and Deputy Lindsey recovered the semi-automatic pistol which was concealed between the driver’s seat and the center console. The 9mm fully loaded pistol had been reported stolen out of St. Tammany Parish.
When running a background check on the driver, it was discovered that he had three outstanding warrants for his arrest. He was wanted for driving while intoxicated, speeding and failure to comply with conditions of probation.
The driver, Duane Eric Cotton, 35, a resident of Byrd Avenue in Bogalusa, was arrested and booked into the Washington Parish Jail charged with illegal possession of a stolen firearm, three counts of failure to appear in court and not wearing a seat belt. He remains in jail with no bond set at this time.
This is Cotton’s third stay in the Washington Parish Jail. In 2009, he was arrested for driving while intoxicated and speeding. His second arrest was later in 2009 for possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under suspension.
“Our officers are non-stop when it comes to enforcing the law,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Our patrol officers, our detectives and our jail staff are vigilant and professional in all they do. All of the citizens of Washington Parish are fortunate to have them protecting us and I am blessed to have them working for me.”