DANZELL WASHINGTON & CARLOS SMITH
At around 10:30 p.m. on Friday, March 8, agents with the Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force were traveling on Talbot Avenue in Thibodaux when they noticed the vehicle traveling in front of them cross the center line. The agents attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle, but the driver did not stop. He continued toward the intersection with Ridgefield Road, where agents noticed an item was tossed from the passenger side. The driver then stopped the vehicle on the roadway. The driver was identified as Danzell A. Washington (B/M, D.O.B. 08/08/91) of 213 Violet Street in Thibodaux, and agents identified the passenger as Carlos Smith (B/M, D.O.B. 10/05/88) of 12 Terry Road in Natchez, Mississippi. A K-9 officer from the Thibodaux Police Department arrived on scene to assist with the search for the item that had been tossed from the vehicle. The K-9 officer discovered a plastic bag containing a white substance which yielded a positive result for the presence of cocaine during a presumptive field test. Both men were charged with possession of cocaine and booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center. Smith was released Saturday afternoon after posting $2,000 bond as had been set by Judge Ashly Bruce Simpson. Agents discovered Washington had an active warrant for contempt of court out of Golden Meadow. He was additionally booked with resisting an officer and improper lane usage, and as per the warrant. He is being held in lieu of $20,500 bond as set by Judge Simpson, $782.50 in fines and costs as per the warrant, and for the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole.
At around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 10, deputies responded to a McDonalds restaurant along LA Highway 3235 in Galliano in reference to a man in the drive-through lane who appeared to be extremely intoxicated. Upon arrival, deputies noticed the man driving in the parking lot, attempting to re-enter the drive-through lane. Deputies made contact with the driver and identified him as Melodio Reyes (H/M, D.O.B. 12/04/61) of 180 Peterson Lane in Galliano. Due to Reyes showing signs of intoxication and emitting a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage, deputies conducted a Standardized Field Sobriety Test on which Reyes performed poorly. Reyes was initially transported to the South Lafourche Substation where he refused to submit to a breathalyzer test, but deputies obtained a warrant for a blood test and the results are pending. While at the Substation, Reyes attempted to pull away from a deputy escorting him and he had to be restrained. Later, he also kicked a deputy on two occasions. Deputies also learned he had failed to register the vehicle he was driving with the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles. Reyes was eventually transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux and booked on charges of DWI, two counts of battery on a police officer, resisting an officer with force or violence, and failure to register a vehicle. He is currently being held on $35,100 bond as set by Judge Simpson.