During the early morning hours of September 4, 2020 Officers with the Turkey Creek Police Department made a stop with a white male, later identified as Jody Paul Clark age 23 of 1156 Lake Cove Road, Ville Platte for equipment violations related to LaRS 32:329. Clark became extremely nervous during the stop and appeared as if he was going to run from the Officer. Clark was observed pulling a plastic baggie from his right front pocket, at which time he was instructed to the ground. Clark refused to comply with the Officer and the K9 was introduced. Clark laid down on the ground and placed the baggie into his mouth and swallowed it. Clark later admitted to the Officers that he swallowed a small bag of Marijuana.
Pine Prairie Police Officer Cheree Eckhart arrived on scene to assist. Clark was advised of his rights per Miranda and taken into custody without incident. An arrest warrant was issued for LaRS 14:108 resisting an officer, LaRS 14:130.1 obstruction of justice and LaRS 40:1023 possession of drug paraphernalia. Clark was transported to the Turkey Creek Police Department for processing and received a medical evaluation by paramedics with Acadian Ambulance.
While preparing Clark for transport to Evangeline Parish Jail, Clark was able to manipulate the back door of the Police Unit and escaped custody. A short foot pursuit ensued, but Clark was quickly apprehended. During the apprehension, Clark resisted arrest and attempted to disarm a Police Officer. Clark received additional charges of LaRS 14:110 Simple Escape, LaRS 14:108 resisting an Officer and 14:27.34.6 attempting to disarm a police officer. Clark was transported and booked into the Evangeline Parish Jail on a $21,000 bond for the above charges.
Turkey Creek Police Chief Shawn Eckhart would like to thank the public for their continued support and to report all suspicious activity. Chief Eckhart would also like to thank Pine Prairie Police Department for their assistance.