Today (March 8, 2022), a Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office narcotics detective was in the right place at the right time. As the detective drove eastbound on Highway 10 east of Franklinton, he observed a male on the shoulder of the highway. As vehicles approached the male, he would step into the roadway, taunting drivers. The detective confronted the male, Scotty Dale Pierce, age 43 and whose residence is on Highway 10.
As the detective approached Pierce, he observed a possible weapon protruding from Pierce’s pocket. Nevertheless, he was able to place Pierce in handcuffs, at which time he conducted a clothed body search. Pierce had both marijuana and methamphetamine in his backpack. In addition, the detective learned Pierce had two outstanding warrants for failure to appear in court.
Pierce was transported to the Washington Parish Jail where he was booked on two counts of failure to appear in court, two counts of possession of illegal narcotics and obstruction of a highway. His bond was set at $13,750.
Pierce has a previous history of being jailed in Washington Parish, on charges that include burglary, criminal damage to property, purse snatching, issuing worthless checks, disturbing the peace. resisting an officer by flight on foot, failure to appear in court, and being a fugitive from Pearl River County, Mississippi. His current arrest is his seventh since 2007.
“Dangerous, simply dangerous,” responded Sheriff Randy Seal. “Pierce was posing a danger not only to himself but also to innocent motorists on Highway 10. I’m so glad our detective observed what was happening so he could get Pierce off of the side of the roadway.”