A wanted man was detained in the state by police officers during a traffic stop this month. Police from Ponchatoula, Louisiana, attempted to arrest the man at his residence the day before, but he ran from them at that time. He was wanted on more than one felony charge by state police and parole officers.
The man was taken into custody and transferred to a nearby correctional center. His charges include an alleged violation of probation for drugs, simple battery, resisting arrest and unauthorized use of a vehicle. A woman was also arrested and charged with aiding the man. She was actually the one driving the car when the arrests were made.
The woman is accused of helping the man to evade the police. She has been charged with accessory after the fact, or aiding and abetting a known fugitive. It is not clear how police know that she was aware of the man's flight from them.
In Louisiana, as in other states, it is illegal to flee from police in an attempt to avoid arrest. It is also illegal to help anyone who is running from police to get away or hide. Those who have been accused of a crime and are being sought by police on a felony charge may do better to speak with a criminal law attorney who can help guide them in the best way to approach the situation. By consulting with a criminal lawyer, the accused will have the best chance of building a strong defense in his or her case.
Source: hammondstar.com, "Ponchatoula Police chief arrests wanted man", Aug. 5, 2017