A Natchitoches Police Department Motorcycle Patrolman working traffic enforcement March 28 made a drug arrest after a subject ran a stop sign.
The NPD officer observed a vehicle fail to stop at the stop sign on Cypress Street. The officer activated his lights and sirens to pull the subject over. The subject refused to stop and continued his apparent flight from the officer.
The subject finally stopped on West Street. The driver, identified as Stephen Varice, got out of the vehicle with a bag of suspected marijuana in his possession. Other officers arrived to assist and during a search of the vehicle a weapon was found under the front seat. Upon completion of a warrant check it was determined Varice had two active bench warrants.
Stephen Varice, 28, of Natchitoches was charged with flight from an officer, possession of marijuana, possession of a weapon in the presence of a CDS, 2 counts failure to appear, and traffic violations. He was placed in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center with a bond of $15, 000.