A Caddo Parish man was recently arrested by Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies after he was caught operating a stolen Monroe Fire Department vehicle while traveling in Natchitoches Parish according to Sheriff Stuart Wright.

On Sunday afternoon September 19 at approximately 2:00pm, Louisiana State Police, Troop-E Alexandria contacted NATCOM 911 Center requesting NPSO Deputies (BOLO) Be on the Lookout for a stolen burgundy colored fully marked 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe owned by Monroe Fire Department with a light bar and decals traveling northbound on La. Hwy 1 near Cloutierville.

The Monroe Fire Department unit had recently been stolen in the Monroe area.

NPSO Patrol Units began deploying to the area.

A short while later, deputies intercepted the vehicle traveling northbound on La. Hwy 1 near Montrose at 100 miles per hour.

Deputies activated their emergency lights on, stopping 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.

The suspect was placed in the rear of a patrol unit and while being transported to the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center , kicked out the left rear door glass damaging the frame.

Deputies say after they arrived at the detention center, the suspect became uncooperative and continued to not identify himself for over 1 ½ hours until positively identified as 50-year-old John Everett Lewis of the 1000 block of Riverwalk Blvd, Shreveport.

Lewis, was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Illegal Possession of Stolen Things valued over $25,000.00 dollars, Simple Criminal Damage to Property and other charges pending with a detainer hold out of Monroe.

Lewis remains in the Natchitoches Detention Center.

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.

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