Patterson man arrested on drug offenses after high-speed chase

Murray L. Bridget Jr.

Staff Report

A 35-year-old Patterson man was arrested this morning after he fled from Morgan City police reaching speeds of nearly 90 mph through the Tri-City area, Morgan City Police Chief Michael Banks said in a news release.
Murray L. Bridget Jr., 35, of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Patterson, was arrested at 8:20 a.m. today for possession of Schedule II crack cocaine third offense, possession of Schedule I marijuana fifth offense, possession of drug paraphernalia second offense, aggravated flight from an officer, speeding 30 mph in a 15 mph zone (school zone), obstruction of justice, window tint violation, resisting an officer, improper display of a license plate, no seat belt, no motor vehicle inspection sticker and operating a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license.
Officers patrolling the school zone area near M.D. Shannon Elementary observed a vehicle speeding within the marked school zone in the area. The officer stopped the vehicle on La. 182 in Berwick. The driver then sped away from the officers traveling west on U.S. 90 at speeds which approached 90 mph, Banks said.
The driver of the vehicle led officers throughout the Bayou Vista area. The driver eventually stopped in the area of Pluto Street and fled on foot from the vehicle, refusing officers’ orders to stop, Banks said.
Officers observed the Murray attempting to destroy and discard several items from his possession which were later recovered and discovered to be several pieces of suspected crack cocaine and marijuana. Murray was captured and arrested, Banks said.
Officers located several small pieces of suspected crack cocaine inside Murray’s vehicle along with items of drug paraphernalia, Banks said. Murray was found to be operating a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license and was jailed with no bail set yet.

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