What should have been a routine traffic stop led to the arrest of a combative suspect who was jailed on 16 separate charges Thursday.

Iberia Parish Sheriff's spokesman Maj. Ryan Turner reported deputies were attempting to stop 36-year-old Leroy Lewis while he was driving on Eden Street in New Iberia.

Turner said, rather than stopping, Lewis sped away before exiting the vehicle on foot.

With deputies in pursuit, Lewis discarded a handgun that investigators determined was stolen.

Once the deputies apprehended the combative Lewis, they discovered he was in possession of 22 grams of suspected marijuana, 23 grams of suspected cocaine, 2 grams of suspected “crack” cocaine, 10 hydrocodone tablets and over $900 in cash.

Lewis was booked into the Iberia Parish Jail on the following charges:

  • Failure to appear
  • Possession with intent Schedule I
  • Possession with intent Schedule II
  • Resisting arrest by flight
  • Battery on a Police Officer
  • Proceeds derived / drug transactions
  • Possession of a firearm with controlled dangerous substance
  • Second or subsequent offenses
  • Violation of controlled dangerous substance Law
  • Limitations on Backing
  • Turning / required signal
  • Resisting policer officer with force
  • Felony carrying illegal weapon
  • Possession of a weapon on school grounds
  • Concealed weapon
  • Illegal possession of a firearm