Wanted fugitive caught following traffic stop on I-20

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 12:50pm

Lousiana authorities captured a wanted fugitive over the weekend after he failed to comply to driving safely during rainy conditions.

On Sunday, at 10:30 a.m., a state trooper spotted a car with its headlights turned off headed east on I-20 near Minden. The officer pulled the car over because it is required by state law to use your headlights during rain.

After initiating the stop, authorities determined the vehicle was stolen. The driver, Leonardo McClinton, 50, of Monroe, was arrested, but without resisting the officer's orders first.

Shortly thereafter, an off-duty Texas police officer used her vehicle to prevent the trooper from getting hit by traffic. McClinton was then taken into custody with the help of the Texas officerer and other responding Louisiana troopers.

As McClinton was being arrested, the Texas officer’s vehicle was slammed into by an 18-wheeler. The vehicles were damaged in the crash, but no one was injured.

Authorities discovered McClinton was also a wanted fugitive through the Shreveport Police Department and the Bienville Parish Sheriff's Office. He was taken to the Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Facility and booked for headlamps not on when required, unauthorized use of a vehicle, three counts resisting arrest by force, three counts battery on a police officer, driving under suspension, open alcoholic beverage container, no seatbelt, fugitive from the Shreveport Police Department and fugitive from the Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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