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Opening mouth at wrong time lands man in jail

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UNION PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Talking too loud inside a convenience store led to the arrest of an El Dorado man on traffic and drug charges.

Claude Davis Smith, 45, of Iron Mountain Rd., was booked into the Union Parish Detention Center late Tuesday night for driving while intoxicated, possession of marijuana, possession of a Schedule II narcotic (amphetamine), obstruction of justice, no license plate lights and open container.

His bond had not been set Wednesday afternoon.

A sheriff’s deputy was inside the store located at the intersection of Louisiana Hwys. 15 and 33 when he heard Smith talking to a store clerk in a loud, rapid and slurred speech. When he left the store, the deputy noticed Smith got into a van’s driver’s seat and drove away.

The deputy noticed there were no license plate lights so he followed the van which, he says made an illegal turn, at which time the deputy made a traffic stop.

The deputy says a search of Smith turned up a bag (11 grams) of suspected marijuana. Another deputy searched the van and located a pill bottle containing 35 amphetamine pills. The pills were not prescribed for Smith, Sheriff Dusty Gates said.

The sheriff says Smith refused all field sobriety tests except for the horizontal gaze nystagmus which he performed poorly. He also refused to submit to a proper breath test or urine sample.

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