Accused drug dealer injured deputy while trying to flee during traffic stop
POSTED: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 9:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 9:04pm
NEW IBERIA, La (NBC33) — A deputy was injured by a fleeing suspect who took off during a traffic stop. The man was eventually apprehended and he was found to be in possession of a large amount of illegal narcotics.
The Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that the incident happened on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at roughly 9:30 p.m. We’re told the deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle being driven by Travis Lee of St. Martinville.
Official say Lee took off when the deputy stepped out of his cruiser to approach the vehicle. We’re told the deputy was standing near the vehicle when he took off and the deputy was injured as a result of his flight.
Deputies detained Lee a short time later. They confiscated over $6,000 in cash, methamphetamines, powder cocaine, marijuana and controlled prescription medication. During the pursuit, deputies claim Lee threw items out of his window. They say they were able to identify the objects as narcotics after the pursuit ended.
Lee was arrested and charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule II Narcotics, Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I Narcotics, Second Subsequent Offender, Proceeds Derived from Drug Transactions, Aggravated Obstruction of a Highway of Commerce, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Resisting an Officer, Battery of a Police Officer, Misuse of a Temporary License Plate and Taking Contraband into a Penal Institution.
Lee was then booked into the Iberia Parish Jail.