Reckless operation leads to stolen vehicle recovery near Chopin; 2 arrested


Source: NPSO

A call from Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office (RPSO) reporting a reckless vehicle traveling into Natchitoches Parish led to the recovery of a stolen vehicle and arrests of two people from Tennessee.

RPSO contacted NATCOM 911 Center Friday, Sept. 18 at 8:15 p.m. reporting an older white Chevrolet pickup truck driving recklessly, with a female in the rear, on La. Hwy 1 traveling into Natchitoches Parish.

The female caller in the rear of the truck stated the driver was driving recklessly and failing to stop to let her exit the bed f the vehicle. Deputies responded to intercept the vehicle. Deputies observed two suspicious individuals, a male and female, walking near a business on La. Hwy 490. A white 2000 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck was nearby.

While deputies were interviewing the individuals, identified as Eric S. Bradley and Marteasa Pratt, they learned Bradley allegedly was operating the vehicle. Deputies conducted a NCIC license plate check on the vehicle and learned it was stolen in Calcasieu Parish. Calcasieu deputies requested a hold be placed on the two suspects.

Eric Scott Bradley, 44, of Knoxville, Tenn., was charged with Illegal Possession of Stolen Things.

Marteasa Gail Pratt, 45, of Knoxville, was charged with 1-count of Larceny.


A Tenth Judicial District Court Judge has set bond on both Bradley and Pratt at $5,000.   A hold has been placed for Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Detectives.

Bradley told deputies he, “… messed up taking the truck.”

The vehicle has been recovered and stored at a local wrecker service until the owner can make arrangements to pick it up.

Lt. M. Wilson and Reserve Deputy P. Ray made the arrests.