2 arrests made after brief pursuit



NPSO IMPACT team deputies attempted to stop a red Nissan sedan for a traffic violation July 7 near the intersection of Highland Park and Texas St. The vehicle stopped momentarily, however, it sped off leading to a brief pursuit, which ended in the 400 block of Bonnette Street inside the city limits of Natchitoches. Upon stopping the vehicle, deputies, along with the assistance of NPD officers, made contact with the driver, Charles McCray, 26, of the 200 block of Paula Lane Natchitoches, and the passenger, Austin Johnson, 21, of the 300 block of Prather St., Natchitoches.


During the investigation, approximately 25 grams of suspected crack cocaine was located on the roadway near the traffic stop. It was later determined to have allegedly been thrown from the vehicle. Deputies also located a digital scale, $800 US currency and approximately one gram of suspected marijuana inside the vehicle. After interviewing McCray and Johnson, deputies had reason to believe that McCray allegedly attempted to discard the suspected crack cocaine during the pursuit.

This article published in the July 10, 2021, print edition

Subsequent to the ongoing investigation, McCray was arrested and charged with:

• Possession of CDS II w/intent (crack cocaine)

• Possession of CDS I (marijuana)

• Possession of drug paraphernalia

• Driving under suspension

• Reckless operation

• Obstruction of Justice

• Aggravated flight from an officer

• Second or subsequent offenses

McCray was placed in the NPCD awaiting bond.

Johnson was issued a misdemeanor summons for Possession of CDS I (marijuana) and Possession of drug paraphernalia. Johnson was released.

See the link below for a prior arrest, also by the NMJDTF, involving McCray.

Traffic stop intercepts over a thousand suspected Alprazolam’s (Xanax) destined for the Natchitoches area