Suspect arrested on drug and gun charges after hit and run crash

The Houma Police Department arrested a hit and run drive yesterday, charging him with drug offenses and a DWI.

On Sept. 16 shortly before 11 a.m., HPD responded to the area of Grand Caillou Road and Van Avenue in reference to an accident.

Prior to officers’ arrival, it was reported that one of the vehicles involved was a silver colored Yukon.

That vehicle was leaving the scene and the other party involved was following them.

While communicating with HPD dispatchers, officers intercepted the parties involved near Main Street and Rosemary.

During investigation, the driver of the Yukon was contacted and identified as Chester Coleman IV, 39, of Smith Lane.

When Coleman was stopped and he exited the vehicle, officers observed as he swayed severely and incoherently.

This led officers to take him into custody in the police unit.

As investigation continued, HPD located 5.71 grams of suspected crack cocaine in the vehicle, as well as a 9mm semi-automatic handgun.

Due to the nature of this investigation, as well as observations from HPD, officers believe Coleman was under the influence of narcotics, so a warrant was obtained to retrieve blood.

Coleman is charged with hit and run, DWI, possession with intent to distribute schedule II (crack cocaine) and possession of a firearm while in possession of narcotics.

He was taken to jail on the above charges.