Thibodaux PD: Passenger cooking heroin in car nearly causes crash at busy intersection


POSTED: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 7:30pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 7:34pm

Police arrested four people for possession of heroin after the driver of the vehicle they were in nearly crashed from failing to yield at an intersection. Investigators learned that it happened because a passenger was in the process of preparing the drug for injection.

“An officer was at a red light located at one of the busiest intersections in Thibodaux when he noticed a vehicle fail to yield,” David Melancon, Thibodaux Police Department, explained. “The car narrowly avoided hitting another vehicle that was traveling in the other direction.”

The officer conducted a traffic stop at roughly 2:18 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10. When the officer approached the vehicle, he noticed the female passenger in the backseat shoving things into her purse.

“After further investigation they found out of that one of the passengers had just injected heroin. The person had a fresh blood mark coming from the injection site,” Melancon noted. “They were in the process of cooking up more when the driver failed to yield.”

Investigators located a kit used for injecting heroin inside the vehicle.

The driver, Derick Domingue, 26, was arrested and charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Failure to Yield, and No Driver’s License. He is being held at Lafourche Parish Detention Center on a $5,600 bond.

The passengers of the vehicle were also arrested for Possession of Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. They include Brittany Blades, 30, Shandon Hebert, 24, and Chad Rodrigue, 28. They are each being held at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on a $5,500 bond.

Recent reports indicate that heroin use has increased nationwide over recent years. It’s a problem that is being seen by agencies of all sizes.

“Compared to recent years we have seen an increase in drug arrest involving heroin,” Melancon said. “When people hear the word heroin, there’s almost an unspoken tone of epidemic, but I would not go as far as to say that we are dealing with an epidemic. However, illegal narcotics in general can easily be abused and become a hazard to society.

NBC33 News conducted a recent interview with the East Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office regarding a spike in heroin-related deaths during 2013. Click here to read that story.

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