A Nevada man, wanted by the Louisiana Department of Corrections, was arrested April 12 during a traffic stop on I-49 in Natchitoches Parish according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.
NPSO Patrol Division deputies were patrolling on Interstate 49, north of Natchitoches, at 12:15 pm when they clocked a 2001 Chevrolet Impala traveling southbound Speeding 87 miles per hour in a posted 75 mph speed zone.
The operator of the vehicle immediately exited, walking to the rear where he placed a knife on the trunk. He was identified through a La. Identification Card as Donald E. Stoppa, 51 of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Deputies learned through a LSP computer drivers license/criminal history background that Stoppa’s driver’s license was suspended and he was wanted by the La. Department of Corrections since August 2017 for Felony Probation Violation on the original charges of 2-counts of Theft and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.
The warrant was confirmed with La.DOC.
Additional NPSO Units responded to assist.
Stoppa was placed under arrest without incident, transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Probation Violation with a hold for the Louisiana Department of Corrections-Baton Rouge, Speeding 87/75 and Driving under Suspension.
The vehicle was impounded by a local wrecker service until someone can make arrangements to pick it up.
Deputy M. Smith made the arrest assisted by Lt. B. Dalme.