Speedster threatens police, lands behind bars

Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 12:24pm

Bossier Sheriff Larry Deen says a Haughton man was arrested for reckless operation, speeding, no insurance and public intimidation.

Heath Michael Gates, 25, of Academy Lane in Haughton, was traveling eastbound on U. S. Highway 80 when deputies clocked him at 82 miles per hour in a 55 mile-per-hour zone. Dispatch had already received multiple calls on how reckless Gates was driving his truck.

As deputies turned to catch up to him, they saw him turn onto Highway 614 and pass another vehicle at a very high rate of speed. Upon making the traffic stop, Gates was found to have no insurance. Deputies placed him under arrest.

On the way to the Bossier Maximum Security Facility, Gates began to curse and yell at the transporting deputy. He told the deputy that he had better get a lawyer because he was going to need it. He then threatened to beat the deputy as soon as he got out of jail. He continued to tell the deputy that he wouldn’t be in jail for long and that he would see him again. He also told the deputy that he would find him and make him sorry that he ever arrested him.

Gates was charged with reckless operation, speeding, no insurance and public intimidation. His bond is pending.


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