Opelousas - According to Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz, “On May 14, 2021 a St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was stopped at a traffic light at the I-49 Service Road and Creswell Lane intersection when a dark colored SUV stopped next to the deputy in the left turn only lane. The SUV drove from the left lane of travel, disregarding the red light, crossing the right lane to make an illegal right turn. No turn signal was used, and the SUV crossed in front of the deputy and another motorist before heading west on Creswell Lane.”
When the traffic signal turned green, the deputy proceeded to drive behind the SUV and a traffic stop was initiated on Jake Drive. The driver of the vehicle was identified by his driver’s license as Donovan K. Hudson. Mr. Hudson was instructed to stand at the rear of his vehicle. As the deputy returned to his unit to perform a license and insurance check, Donovan Hudson began pacing back and forth, then proceeded to the driver’s side of the vehicle and reached in the vehicle.
The deputy then gave Donovan Hudson verbal commands to return to the rear of his vehicle, which he ignored. The deputy exited his vehicle and again gave clear and concise commands for Donovan Hudson to return to the rear of his vehicle for safety reasons. Donovan Hudson then made several racist comments to the deputy and made aggressive movements towards the deputy. Donovan Hudson then tried to return to the vehicle, and then put his left hand in his front pants pocket.
Due to the deputy being unsure if a weapon was in his pocket, Donovan Hudson’s left hand was restrained and he was again given instructions to comply. When the deputy attempted to restrain both hands, Donovan Hudson pulled his hands away, began to resist, and continued shouting obscenities at the officer. After several warnings, the deputy drew his non-lethal tazer, and again instructed Mr. Hudson to calm down. The deputy, having not activating the tazer, holstered the weapon, and attempted again to handcuff Mr. Hudson. Hudson began to resist the deputy and refused to comply with the deputy’s instructions. At that time, the deputy deployed the tazer, which was ineffective. Donovan Hudson continued to resist until the deputy was able to restrain both hands. Officers with the Opelousas Police Department then arrived to assist the deputy as Donavon Hudson continued to use racial comments and insensitive words towards the deputy. The entire incident was captured on the deputy’s dashboard camera.
On May 14, 2021, Donovan K. Hudson was transported to the St. Landry Parish Jail and was booked on the charges resisting an officer by force or violence, driving on roadway laned for traffic, careless operation of a motor vehicle, and signal lamps required.
Sheriff Guidroz added, “If you are stopped for a traffic violation or subject to an arrest, it is imperative that you comply with the officer’s commands. If you feel the officer acted unprofessionally, you should contact the agency to file your grievance. Resisting arrest is not safe for the deputy or yourself. Additionally, everyone
should know most law-enforcement officers today are equipped with dash board and body cameras to ensure the safety of the civilians, the accuracy of the incident, and the accountability and professionalism of the deputy. Those are the primary reasons why I insist our deputies adhere to policies and procedures concerning the use of audio and video equipment.”
“I viewed the dash cam video of the entire incident and I can say my deputy was professional, polite, patient, and attempted several times to de-escalate the incident. This was a simple traffic stop that could have been resolved very quickly, if only the motorist would have obeyed simple instructions,” Guidroz said.