Apr 1, 2013 11:28 PM by Erin Steuber
An Iberia Parish Sheriff's deputy and K-9 were injured during an arrest this evening.
Deputies responded to the 700 Block of Mary Street in New Iberia around 5:30 p.m. After an anonymous person told police there were narcotics being sold in the area. When deputies arrived they saw a suspect, matching the description given by the caller, fleeing from the area on foot. They were able to obtain the man who they believed had narcotics on him. As deputies were attempting to detain the suspect, a second suspect struck the arresting deputy on the back of the head. Other officers stepped in trying to detain the second man, who also resisted with violence.
According to Iberia Parish deputies, other bystanders became involved. Deputies say it took over twenty minutes to restore order to the scene and have everyone comply with deputies.
Two of the suspects were arrested and booked into the Iberia Parish Jail. The third was a juvenile. One deputy was treated and released for injuries he sustained from being struck by one of the suspects. An Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office K9 was also injured during the incident by one of the suspects.
Narcotics agents with the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office were able to secure a search warrant on the residence in the 700 Block of Mary Street based on information obtained during the arrest. Agents located a handgun, drug paraphernalia, counterfeit money and schedule IV narcotics.
The investigation is ongoing. The deputy has been released from the hospital.
The three suspects are as follows:
A 16-year-old male was charged with interfering, obstruction of Justice, battery of a police officer two counts, resisting by violence two counts and obstruction of a public passage. He was released to the custody of his parents.
Draper Anthony of New Iberia was charged with resisting by flight, resisting by violence, 2nd degree battery on a police officer, illegal possession of marijuana, monies derived from drug proceeds, illegal possession of schedule II, battery on a police officer.
Edward Polite of New Iberia was charged with three counts of battery on a police officer, injuring a police dog, resisting by violence.