On March 26, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies on Lt. Chris Hickman’s shift were dispatched to Pigott’s Crossing in reference to a suspicious vehicle.
Upon arriving at the scene, Deputy Chris Galloway observed a vehicle in a yard on the north side of Pigott’s Crossing. The driver of the vehicle was Byron Johnson, 35, a resident of Bayer Street in Bogalusa. Johnson advised the deputy that he had run out of gas and was waiting for someone to assist him.
At that time, Deputy Allen Dupre arrived on the scene as a backup unit. Deputies noticed that Johnson was sweating profusely. As the deputies questioned him, Johnson became hostile. Deputy Galloway began to conduct a pat down search on Johnson when he noticed pills in Johnson’s jacket pocket and began to retrieve the pills. At that time, Johnson became more agitated, attempting to prevent Deputy Galloway from taking the pills. Johnson then struck the deputy in the chest with his elbow. The deputies began to struggle with Johnson and were able to place handcuffs on him.
After being handcuffed, Johnson attempted to flee across a neighboring yard. Deputies pursued Johnson on foot. After a brief chase, Deputy Dupre deployed his taser and stopped the flight. Johnson then admitted to ownership of the pills.
Johnson remains in the Washington Parish Jail charged with Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence, Possession of Schedule III Narcotics With Intent to Distribute and two counts of Failure to Appear. Bond has been set at $31,698.
Sheriff Randy Seal commended Lt. Hickman and his deputies for the arrest. “Once again, a drug dealer has been taken off of the street and placed in jail. Our deputies did a good job in quickly assessing the situation and bringing it to a satisfactory conclusion. When our officers respond to a call of any kind, they never know what to expect, and must be prepared at all times to handle whatever arises. Washington Parish citizens can rest better knowing our deputies are always out there doing their job.”