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February 22, 2017

Accident Near Franklinton Leads to Two Arrests

Following a single vehicle accident on Hwy. 436 near Franklinton on Wednesday (February 22), the driver was identified as Valerie Sumrall (38) a resident of Jenkins Road north of Franklinton. Jenkins had fled the scene of the accident and she had three outstanding warrants for her arrest.
Washington Parish Patrol Deputies and Drug Task Force Detectives notified the Rayburn Correctional Center canine team which also responded to the scene. Sumrall was soon arrested. Learning that a second person had been in Sumrall’s vehicle, the RCC canine team prepared to search nearby woods. When the canines were unloaded from the truck, a man stood up in the woods and surrendered. He was identified as Lonzell Sims (17), a resident of Harvey Road north of Franklinton and is accused of having a quantity of Xanax pills in his pocket.  
Sims is booked into the jail on one charge of possession of Schedule IV drugs. Sumrall is booked on the charges of careless operation of a vehicle, driving under suspension, no insurance, resisting arrest by flight, switched license plate and two counts of failure to honor written promises.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “Sumrall is one of those folks referred to by our jail staff as a frequent flyer. That is an unfortunate commentary on the lifestyle she has chosen and the poor decisions she makes. Obviously she is not serving as a good role model for Sims who doesn’t seem to be starting his adult life in a good manner. I can only hope this is a wake-up call for him and that someone can intervene in his life and get him on the right path. Congratulations to our patrol deputies and our Drug Task Force detectives for their actions in this matter. Thanks also to the fine officers from Rayburn Correctional Center who are always willing to assist us.”

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