Teen tries to escape during drug booking

A handcuffed Patterson teenager being booked by Lafayette Parish sheriff’s deputies on a marijuana distribution count this week tried to flee with his hands bound, authorities said Wednesday.

Donte Harris, 17, fled through a rear door of the Sheriff’s Office downtown as he was being booked, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Kip Judice said in a news release.

Sheriff’s deputies along with Lafayette police caught Harris as he ran through a cement drainage coulee on St. Mary Boulevard, a short distance from the Sheriff’s Office, Judice said.

Deputies had stopped the car Harris was driving Tuesday on Ridge Road, searched the vehicle and found 20 grams of marijuana, the release says. When arrested, Harris gave deputies a false name, the release says.

Riding with Harris was London West, 22, from Duson, who deputies said tried to swallow a gram of marijuana, the release says.

Harris was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center, pending a bond hearing, on counts of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, resisting an officer and simple escape and on two warrants from St. Mary Parish, the release says.

West was booked with possession of marijuana and obstruction of justice for allegedly trying to ingest the gram of marijuana, the release says.