Police say traffic stop leads to heroin arrest, child found in back seat

Police say traffic stop leads to heroin arrest, child found in back seat

THIBODAUX, LA (WAFB) - Police arrested a man on drug charges who allegedly fought with an officer and had a child in his car that authorities said wasn't properly restrained.

The Thibodaux Police Department reported Tyrone Scott Jr., 29, of Thibodaux, faces charges of possession of heroin, possession of synthetic marijuana, resisting an officer with force or violence, illegal use of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) in the presence of a person under 17, improper child passenger restraint system and switched plates.

He was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on June 12. His bond was set at $42,150. As of Tuesday morning, he was still being held.

According to reports, while searching for a suspect, an officer saw a car driving slowly and decided to run a check on the license plate. They added the plate was actually registered to another vehicle, which prompted a traffic stop.

Investigators said the driver was sweating profusely when he got out of the car and then ran away. They reported the officer caught up to him, but the suspect allegedly turned around and started hitting the officer. They added the officer held Scott until other officers responded to the scene.

Police said they found heroin and synthetic marijuana on him. They added a child was discovered in the back seat. They said the child was not in a car seat or buckled up in any way.

Officials credited the officer for showing "immense self-control and compassion." They explained while the officer was trying to subdue Scott, the two fell on the ground and the suspect claimed he was having trouble breathing. Authorities said despite having been hit several times, the officer told Scott to stop talking and focus on breathing.

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