A St. Martinville city councilman has been arrested on obstruction of justice charges, among others, after allegedly interfering with the outcome of an ongoing investigation, KATC reported.
Police Chief Rickey Martin said Edmond Joseph used his position as a council member to obtain information about the investigation. Joseph allegedly called a suspect's mother and told her police had warrants for the suspect.
The suspect then fled the area "with obvious intent to evade arrest," said Martin.
St. Martinville Police conducted an investigation regarding the incident, and Joseph was arrested on a warrant on charges of obstruction of justice, accessory after the fact, and abuse of power. He was booked into the St. Martin Parish Jail.