An officer with the Natchitoches Police Department Patrol Division attempted to perform a traffic stop March 19 at 3:20 pm on a blue 1985 Chevrolet Impala on Hwy. 3110 near Hwy. 1 due to a traffic violation. As the officer approached the vehicle, it accelerated and fled northbound on Hwy. 1 (South Drive). The vehicle approached stopped traffic on South Drive and turned onto Saida Street. The vehicle then swerved into a ditch, where the driver, identified as Rynell Jefferson (B/M, 29), fled from the vehicle.
Jefferson was apprehended after a brief foot pursuit. A search of the vehicle he abandoned resulted in a recovery of suspected marijuana and a .38 caliber revolver. The handgun showed to have been reported stolen during a vehicle burglary in October 2017.
Jefferson, who is a convicted felon, was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of Firearm in the presence of CDS, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of schedule I, second or subsequent offense, possession of drug paraphernalia, flight from an officer, resisting an officer, speeding, stop sign violation and reckless operation of a vehicle.
Jefferson was placed in Natchitoches Parish Detention Center; his bond is set at $60,250.