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January 19, 2023

Franklinton Area Man Arrested for 12th Time

Frank Hamilton, age 60 and a resident of Sylvest Road, was arrested on January 17, 2023. Responding to reports of a person standing in the middle of Pittman Road while holding a bottle of alcohol, a Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy encountered a belligerent Hamilton who refused to comply with the officer’s directives while threatening the officer with physical harm.

After a brief encounter, Hamilton was taken into custody and transported to the Washington Parish Jail. He was booked into the jail on charges of obstruction of a roadway, resisting a police officer with force or violence, disturbing the peace and possession of marijuana which was located in the pocket of his trousers. Hamilton’s bond was set at $4,000.

Hamilton is very familiar with the inside of the Washington Parish Jail, having been arrested eleven previous times beginning with two separate 2009 arrests for second offense possession of marijuana, failure to appear in court and several traffic offenses. Arrests since 2009 include multiple charges of disturbing the peace, criminal trespass, possession of illegal drugs, battery of a dating partner, battery of the infirm, child endangerment, contempt of court and various traffic offenses. His latest previous arrest was in August, 2022.

“Motorists had to swerve to avoid hitting him and he physically resisted arrest, so there was no option but to take him to jail, “stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “I congratulate our deputy for showing restraint in dealing with an out-of-control man who was obviously creating a nuisance for all who encountered him.”

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