Cops: Marijuana-delivering taxi crashes into police car
Jay Vise Reporting
Officials say a cab driver from Kenner did not get a tip after being caught trying to deliver a package of high-grade marijuana in St. Bernard.
Police say the driver faces a wide range of charges, including attempted murder, after allegedly ramming his cab into a police car in an attempt to get away.
St. Bernard Sheriff's Spokesman Steve Cannizaro says Lanny "June" Williams drove his taxi to a parking lot on Paris Road on Friday afternoon. According to investigators, narcotics agents believed Williams was not there to pick up a fare, but was instead delivering a package of high-grade marijuana.
Cannizaro says when narcotics agents closed in, Williams floored it to try to get away. Police say the suspect "intentionally crashed into the front end of a marked sheriff’s unit," then stalled in a large area of mud and water.
No one was injured in the crash, according to the spokesman.
Cops say before the crash, Williams had thrown "a large, clear bag of vegetable matter from his car before he stalled, tried to run away when he couldn’t drive further but was quickly caught by agents."
According to detectives, the "vegetable matter" was just under a quarter-pound of potent pot worth an estimated $2,100 on the streets.
Police say Williams has an extensive criminal record, and now faces charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, attempted murder of a police officer for intentionally striking the sheriff’s vehicle, aggravated criminal damage to the vehicle he crashed into, aggravated flight from police and resisting arrest.
The news release did not indicate if the meter was still running at the time of his arrest.