Traffic stop yields multiple felony charges

Donald Collins,


At 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, a Natchitoches Police Department officer initiated a traffic stop on Washington Street. During the stop, the officer noticed drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. Agents with the Natchitoches Multi Jurisdictional Drug Task Force arrived to assist. Officers attempted to get the driver out of the vehicle. He began to drive off, dragging one officer approximately 100 feet before he could free himself. Once the officer was free, he fired shots at the vehicle’s front tire in an attempt to stop it. The suspect’s vehicle fled on Washington Street and continued to Hwy 3175 where his vehicle crashed into another vehicle. Officers apprehended the suspect before he could flee.

Donald Collins, 43, w/m, was arrested and charged with driving left of center, 2 counts possession of drug paraphernalia, aggravated flight, reckless operation, following too close, resisting an officer, possession of schedule II, possession of schedule IV and simple kidnapping. Collins is incarcerated at The Natchitoches parish Detention Center. No injuries were report during this incident. The law officer that discharged his weapon was a deputy with the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Department. The Natchitoches Police Department is conducting the investigation at their request.