Monroe FD vehicle recovered



A Caddo Parish man was recently arrested by Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies after he was caught operating a stolen Monroe Fire Department vehicle. Louisiana State Police, Troop-E Alexandria contacted NATCOM 911 Center Sunday, Sept. 9 around 2 p.m. requesting NPSO Deputies Be on the Lookout (BOLO) for a stolen burgundy fully marked 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe owned by Monroe Fire Department with a light bar and decals traveling northbound on La. Hwy 1 near Cloutierville.

This article published in the Sept. 25, 2021, print edition

The Fire Department unit was stolen in the Monroe area. NPSO Patrol Units deployed to the area. A short while later, deputies intercepted the vehicle traveling northbound at 100 MPH on La. Hwy 1 near Montrose. Deputies stopped the vehicle just south of Cypress. During the traffic stop, deputies took the driver into custody without incident, however, he had no identification on his person and failed to identify himself. While being transported to the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center, the suspect kicked out the left rear door glass of the patrol unit damaging the frame.

Deputies say after they arrived at the detention center, the suspect became uncooperative. For 1.5 hours he would not identify himself. He was later positively identified as John Everett Lewis, 50, of the 1000 block of Riverwalk Blvd., Shreveport. Lewis was booked into the NPDC charged with Illegal Possession of Stolen Things valued over $25,000, Simple Criminal Damage to Property and other charges pending with a detainer hold out of Monroe. Lewis remains in NPDC.

Deputy B. Keyser was assisted by Deputy R. Johnson and Louisiana State Police. The vehicle was released to Monroe Fire Department. The investigation is continuing.