LaPlace man Tazed, faces officer battery charge

Published 11:45 pm Friday, August 1, 2014

By Monique Roth

LAPLACE — A stop for traffic violations led to a LaPlace man being arrested for multiple charges, including felony counts of battery of a police officer and resisting an officer with force or violence.

Darrious Anthony Warren, 22, of 2337 Williamsburg Drive in LaPlace was stopped for traffic violations around 11 p.m. July 25 on North Sugar Ridge Road near Winn Dixie.

Lt. Greg Baker of the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office said immediately upon being pulled over by the deputy executing the traffic stop, Warren exited his car without the deputy asking him to.

The deputy instructed Warren to stay in his car several times, Baker said, but Warren would not comply with the deputy’s commands.

Baker said the deputy saw what appeared to be drug matter on Warren’s shirt, and saw Warren chewing something in attempts to conceal it from the deputy.

After the deputy asked Warren what was in his mouth, he asked Warren to again get into his car.

Baker said at that time a brief physical altercation took place between the deputy and Warren, in which Warren did not heed the deputy’s instructions and refused to be handcuffed.

The deputy reported being struck by Warren in the thighs and abdomen before he was able to separate himself from Warren.

Baker said the deputy “Tazed” Warren after the suspect continued to refuse directions or commands.

No medical attention was required for either party, Baker said, and authorities removed the stun gun probes from Warren.

Warren was arrested and booked with improper display of license plate, turning movements and required signals, possession of schedule I, no drivers license on person, battery of a police officer, resisting an officer with force or violence, obstruction of justice – destruction/damage/vandalism, possession or distribution of drug paraphernalia and an attachment.

Authorities said Warren’s bond was set at $9,200, and he bonded out on Sunday.