BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - An early morning traffic stop on Interstate 10 in West Baton Rouge Parish resulted in the recovery of a stolen vehicle and the arrest of a Texas man on more than 200 criminal charges.
At about 9 a.m., troopers patrolling I-10 eastbound near LA 415 conducted a traffic stop on a stolen Nissan Altima. After making contact with the driver, troopers attempted to take him into custody. Police said the driver began to resist and tried to flee on foot. He was then tazed and arrested.
Troopers identified the driver as 45-year-old Eric C. West of Houston, and learned that he had an active warrant from the Texas Department of Parole for fraud and tampering with government records.
While searching the car, troopers found 70 credit cards, 46 driver's licenses, 27 Social Security cards, 81 Texas temporary driver's permits, 32 personal checks and 82 other identification cards ranging from work IDs to casino cards, all with different identities, according to State Police. Troopers also located watermark decals, credit card scanners, multiple printers and an embossing machine.
West was booked into the West Baton Rouge Parish Jail with 127 counts of forgery, 70 counts of access device fraud, 13 counts of identity theft, eight counts of access device fraud equipment, three counts of bank fraud, one count of possession of a stolen vehicle, one count of computer fraud, one count of resisting arrest, and the active warrant out of Texas.
Troopers were assisted in their investigation by the United States Secret Service and the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office.