A Baton Rouge man riding his bike with marijuana and a stolen gun pedaled away when a police officer tried to stop him, leading to a brief chase and the man’s arrest Saturday, the Baton Rouge Police Department reported.
The officer was patrolling in the 3200 block of Addison Street in the early morning hours on Saturday when Kyle Coleman, 19, rode past on a bicycle without a working front or rear light, a police report says. The officer, who was in a marked police unit, tried to stop Coleman, but he kept pedaling, the report says.
Coleman later hopped off the bike, pulled an object from his waistband and tossed it under a house, the report says. The officer then chased Coleman through several backyards, finally catching him in the 4600 block of nearby Jean Street.
Once apprehended, Coleman “excitedly uttered” that “I ran because I’m on probation and I got a blunt,” the officer wrote in the report.
The officer searched Coleman and found a small bag of marijuana in his pants pocket, the report says.
An assisting officer went back to Addison Street — which the report notes is a “high crime/high drug area” — and found a loaded Hi-Point 9mm handgun under the house where Coleman was seen throwing an object, the report says. A gun with the same serial number had been reported stolen, the report says.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office had a warrant out for Coleman at the time of his arrest, according to the report.
Coleman, 3043 Toronto Drive, Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of illegal carrying of a weapon, possession of firearm with controlled dangerous substance, possession of marijuana, resisting an officer, obstruction of justice and possession of a stolen firearm. He remains in jail in lieu of $16,500 bail, according to online booking records.