Bunkie Alderman arrested for interfering with police stop

BUNKIE, La. (KALB) - A Bunkie alderman is facing charges following an incident at a traffic stop Sunday night.

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According to the Bunkie Police Department, Lem Thomas, 69, faces charges of interfering with a police investigation and resisting an officer with force of violence.

Bunkie Police said it happened when an officer had stopped Thomas' son, Christopher Thomas, 36, and were arresting him on several charges, including driving under suspension.

Officers said Lem Thomas was advised no to interfere several times and to leave the scene. According to their release on the incident, as officers were trying to handcuff Christopher Thomas, Lem Thomas got between an officer and his son causing a safety issue for the suspect and them.

They said Lem Thomas became aggressive toward an officer and grabbed him, leading to his arrest.

Bunkie Chief Scott Ferguson said Thomas has been warned before of interfering. He and his son were booked into the Avoyelles Parish Jail.

Thomas represents District II on the Bunkie Board of Aldermen.

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