A traffic stop near Clarence has led to the arrest of a DeSoto Parish man on traffic and felony weapon violations charges according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.
On Wednesday evening May 13 at approximately 9:40pm, Deputies assigned to the NPSO Special Task Impact Patrol Unit were patrolling on US-71 near Clarence when they stopped a 1992 Jeep for a traffic violation.
Deputies identified the operator of the vehicle as 42-year-old Dennis L. Watson of Mansfield, La.
During the traffic stop, deputies smelled a strong alcoholic beverage odor and observed several firearms in the vehicle in plain view.
Deputies learned Watson’s driver’s license was suspended and he appeared to be impaired.
Deputies requested Watson perform a series of field sobriety test in which he refused.
Watson was placed under arrest.
During a search of the vehicle, deputies seized Hi-Point .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun with a obliterated serial number, two homemade gun suppressors, Remington .223 caliber rifle, a Benelli 12-gauge shotgun and a Ruger .22 cailiber semi-automatic rifle and some unidentified pills that will be submitted to the crime lab for narcotics analysis.
A criminal background check revealed Watson had been convicted of a prior felony.
Dennis Levelle Watson, 42, of the 200 block of Amy Lane, Mansfield, La. was transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with DWI-2nd Offense, Driving under Suspension, Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverages in a Vehicle, 4-counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of a Felony, Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number and Possession of Legend Drugs.
Watson also refused a chemical test for intoxication.
Watson has been released on a $56,500 appearance bond set by a Tenth Judicial District Court Judge pending his court appearance.
Detectives assigned to the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division is also assisting in the ongoing investigation.
The vehicle was impounded by a local wrecker.