Monroe man arrested following near-miss with a police officer


(3/28/19) On March 26, 2019, Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s officers began pursuit of a Monroe man following a near miss involving a police officer.

According to the arrest report deputies say they witnessed Christopher Ponder, 18, veer into oncoming traffic forcing the police cruiser to swerve out of his own lane or risk colliding with Ponder.

Deputies then flicked on their lights to which Ponder began to flee the officers.

Ponder eventually crashed his vehicle into a ditch on East Carlton Avenue and flee on foot.

Deputies say they witnessed Ponder toss an object from his possession which they later identified to be a Taurus handgun.

The arrest report states that post Miranda, Ponder admitted ownership of the handgun as well as admitting that he fled because he had a warrant for his arrest.

Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that Christopher Ponder had 2 active warrants, one for possession with intent to distribute narcotics set at $45,000 and another for possession of a firearm in the presence of narcotics set at $10,000.

Ponder has since been transported and booked into Ouachita Correctional Center.

His bond has been set at $59,750.

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