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Ponchatoula Police arrest two on many charges

Ponchatoula Police arrest two on many charges

Author: Action News 17/Thursday, May 9, 2019/Categories: Front Page, Crime

From the Ponchatoula Police Department

On May 6th around 4:00am, officers arrested James Wilson AKA Sparkplug (56-years-old) on charges stemming from multiple vehicle burglaries.

Ponchatoula Officers received a call from a resident on E. Oak Street that a suspicious male was seen in their driveway, but left when they saw the homeowner. As officers patrolled the nearby area, they located the male sitting in a pickup truck on East Magnolia Street and identified him as James Wilson. Officers located a bag lying next to Wilson’s bicycle which was found to have a ring, money, bank and gift cards, and other stolen property inside of it.

The bank cards belonged to a resident on East Beech Street, who could confirm that her vehicle was burglarized. Wilson was charged with the following and transported to the Tangipahoa Parish Jail: 2 counts Burglary-Vehicle, Attempted Burglary-Vehicle, Possession of Stolen Property, and Access Device Fraud.

On May 6th around 9:00am, wanted subject Cartez Coleman (45-years-old) turned himself into officers at the Police Department. Coleman had open felony warrants for Reckless Operation of a Vehicle, Attempted Aggravated Battery on a Police Officer, Battery on a Police Officer, Aggravated Flight with a Vehicle, Resisting an Officer with Force, and Running a Stop sign. These warrants were the result of an incident that occurred on December 11, 2017, in which an officer pulled Coleman over for reckless driving. The officer conducting the traffic stop noticed that Coleman was reaching for a handgun that was sitting next to him in the driver’s seat. A struggle began between Coleman and the officer in an attempt to get the handgun, which included Coleman continuously elbowing the officer. Coleman began to drive away while dragging the officer a short distance before the officer broke free, resulting in warrants being issued for Coleman.

On May 3rd around 7:00pm, officers and first responders answered a call for a medical emergency involving a young child at a residence on Silverstone Circle. It appeared that the child had a gunshot wound to the finger and was being treated by the Ponchatoula Volunteer Fire Department. Acadian later transported the victim to the hospital. The wound appeared to be an accidental self-inflicted wound, but the case is still under investigation by detectives. The victim has been released from the hospital. Any additional information will be released at a later date.



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