Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the Aug. 3 arrest of James A. Machado Jr., ag 24, of Meredith, New Hampshire.
The arrest is the result of a traffic pursuit which began in Many and continued into Vernon Parish.
Machado initially refused to cooperate with law enforcement authorities. Machado provided several names to law enforcement officers during booking. Machado eventually identified himself and his identity was confirmed with New Hampshire law enforcement authorities.
James Machado was arrested and booked in the VPSO jail on one count of Reckless Operation, one count of Aggravated Flight from an Officer, five counts of Resisting an Officer with Force or violence, one count of Failure to obey a Red light, one count of Misrepresentation during booking, one count of General speed law, one count of Driving on Roadways laned for traffic, one count of No Driver’s License on Person, one count Carless Operation, one count of Failure to use Turn Signals, one count of Traveling in roadway ditches, six counts of Property damage, three counts of Hit and Run Driving, one count of Possession of Stolen things, and one count of Obstruction of Public Passages.
Bond has not been set and Machado remains in the VPSO jail with detainers for the Many Police Department, Shreveport Police Department, and Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The investigation into this incident is ongoing and additional charges are possible.
All persons are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.
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