NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A Covington-area man is in jail after police said he sent several text messages to his estranged pregnant girlfriend and his mother, threatening to kill them and other family members as well as himself.
When deputies found the suspect, they said he and another man were in possession of a large quantity of drugs, and additional charges were added.
The investigation began on Jan. 27, when deputies were called to a home on Helenbirg Road just outside Covington in reference to threats being made by 33-year-old Donald Taylor. Detectives obtained a warrant for his arrest on the charge of cyberstalking, searching for him in St. Tammany and Baton Rouge.
On Jan. 31, a member of the Street Crimes Unit was traveling eastbound on Interstate 12 near the Airport Road exit when he saw a man matching Taylor's description driving a white Chevrolet Suburban.
The deputy initiated a traffic stop and, after positively identifying the driver as Taylor, took him into custody.
A passenger in the Suburban, 22-year-old Desmond McPipe, was also arrested after deputies found 150 alprazolam tablets, 83 ecstasy tablets and approximately 3 grams of marijuana inside the vehicle.
McPipe was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on charges of possession of marijuana (second offense), possession with intent to distribute CDS Schedule II and possession with intent to distribute CDS Schedule IV.
Taylor was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on the charges of possession of marijuana (second offense), possession with intent to distribute CDS Schedule II, possession with intent to distribute CDS Schedule IV, improper lane use and cyberstalking (two counts).
There was no immediate word on bond.