Noise complaint ends with drug arrest after suspect fights with officer

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Friday, June 21, 2013 - 11:00am

A noise complaint ended with the arrest of a Baton Rouge man for multiple charges. That’s because the suspect was found in possession of marijuana after he started a pushing match with the officer.

According to the arrest report the officer with the Baton Rouge Police Department went to an apartment located on Brightside Lane because of a noise disturbance. When the officer arrived he noted that loud music was blaring from the apartment in question.

The officer knocked on the door and the suspect, Mitchell Spletto, 19, answered. The officer asked for his identification, at which time he said that he would go get it.

The trouble began when the officer attempted to follow Spletto in the apartment. The officer claims that Spletto pushed him back and attempted to close the door. The two then began to push against each other; one trying to close while the other tried to open. Finally, the officer overpowered him.

The officer entered the apartment and placed Spletto in handcuffs and read him his rights. He then asked if any other individuals were in the home, to which he replied that he had two roommates located in the back bedrooms.

While the officer went to the rear of the home to make contact with the roommates, he saw multiple pipes and additional drug paraphernalia. He also found a small amount of marijuana.

Spletto was arrested and charged with Disturbing the Peace, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting an Officer, and Battery on a Police Officer. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

The report did not list the names of the roommates, nor provide information regarding whether or not they were arrested.


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