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Donna Sobers

Jennifer Morrison

Jeffrey Conerly

Ariane Taylor

Police: Woman jailed after hitting juvenile on bicycle

A 57-year-old Morgan City woman was arrested Tuesday after being accused of striking a juvenile on a bicycle with her vehicle and then leaving the scene, Morgan City Police Chief Michael Banks said in a news release.
—Donna L. Sobers, 57, of Pershing Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 7:18 p.m. Tuesday for hit and run with an accident.
Officers were dispatched to a traffic accident in the area of Sixth Street. When officers arrived they learned that a juvenile riding a bicycle was struck by a vehicle. Officers were told that the driver looked at the juvenile and then left the scene, Banks said.
Sobers, who was identified as the driver, admitted to officers that she was involved in the accident, Banks said. She was jailed and released after posting cash bail.
Banks reported the following arrests:
—Joshua D. Robertson, 22, of Railroad Avenue in Morgan City, was arrested at 2:01 a.m. today for stop sign violation and no driver’s license.
—Taj M. Broussard, 17, of Texas Street in Lafayette, was arrested at 2:01 a.m. today for resisting an officer.
An officer observed a vehicle fail to negotiate a stop sign near the intersection of Freret Street and Federal Avenue and stopped the vehicle to investigate. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Robertson. Robertson could not provide a valid driver’s license to the officer, Banks said.
As the officer was speaking with Robertson, a passenger in the vehicle, identified as Broussard, exited the vehicle despite officers’ commands and began to flee on foot from the scene, Banks said. Officers pursued Broussard as he entered into a nearby residence, was captured, and jailed.
During the subsequent investigation, a narcotics canine was utilized in a search of the vehicle which uncovered suspected marijuana. The evidence was recovered and seized for analysis. Both were jailed. Further charges may follow pending the results of a crime lab examination, the chief said.
—Shina D. Short, 31, of Fourth Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 11:31 p.m. Tuesday for possession of open container of alcoholic beverage in motor vehicle.
An officer observed a vehicle with improper lighting in the area of Freret Street and Federal Avenue and stopped the vehicle to investigate. The driver, Short, was identified and found to be in possession of open containers of alcoholic beverage in the vehicle, Banks said. She was jailed.
St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert reported responding to 45 complaints in the parish and reported the following arrests in east St. Mary Parish:
—Jennifer Morrison, 43, of Morgan City, was arrested at 3:08 p.m. Tuesday on a warrant for domestic abuse battery.
—Jeffrey Conerly, 42, of Solar Apartments in Morgan City, was arrested at 3:08 p.m. on a warrant for domestic abuse battery and filing a false report.
A deputy responding to a complaint of a disturbance on Carol Road in Bayou Vista made contact with Morrison and Conerly. The deputy discovered that both subjects had active warrants for their arrest. Morrison and Conerly were jailed with no bail set.
—Ariane Taylor, 31, of the 2800 block of Packenham Drive in Chalmette, was arrested at 5:58 p.m. Tuesday for possession of Schedule II morphine. A deputy responded to a complaint from a drug treatment center in Bayou Vista regarding drugs being found at the location. The deputy determined that the morphine tablets found belonged to Taylor. She was jailed with no bail set.
—Joseph Williams, 30, of the 1200 block of West Main Street in New Iberia, was arrested at 8 p.m. Tuesday on a warrant for failure to appear on the charge of criminal neglect of family. A deputy made contact with Williams at the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office in Morgan City. Williams held an active warrant for his arrest. Williams was released on a summons to appear in court on July 23.
Patterson Police Chief Patrick LaSalle reported the following arrests:
—Dontrell Benjamin, 19, of the 1500 block of Plum Street in Patterson, was arrested at 9:25 p.m. Monday for contributing to the delinquency of juveniles. Benjamin was released on $451 bail.
—Kendall Hunter, 18, of the 700 block of St. Michael Street in Patterson, was arrested at 9:25 p.m. Monday for contributing to the delinquency of juveniles. Hunter was released on $451 bail.
Berwick Police Chief James Richard reported no arrests.

By ZACHARY FITZGERALD zfitzgerald@daily-review.com

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