Police on St. Croix arrested Lionel Williams Jr., 23, aka “Shabba,” who officers said was recklessly driving a Mack dumptruck, causing several vehicles to swerve off the roadway, the V.I. Police Department reported Tuesday.
Williams also had a quantity of marijuana in the truck, the police said. The truck’s passenger, 18-year-old Junie Scotland, aka “Fat Boy,” was arrested for being in possession of a taser, which is classified as a deadly weapon.
The incident occurred Saturday when police were notified of a dump truck traveling erratically, causing vehicles to swerve off the road and almost hitting a pedestrian in the vicinity of the Richmond Post Office in Christiansted.
St. Croix officers stopped the vehicle and asked both occupants to exit. While the suspects were being questioned about the reckless driving, Scotland admitted having an operable taser in his possession. When the officer looked inside the vehicle, they saw in plain view a plastic bag containing a green leafy substance, which was later field tested positive for marijuana.
The suspects were arrested at about 3 p.m. Scotland, who lives on Strand Street in Frederiksted, was charged with carrying or using a dangerous weapon and simple possession of a controlled substance. His bail was set at $25,000.
Williams, who lives in the Bovoni housing community on St. Thomas, was charged with simple possession of a controlled substance and reckless driving. His bail was set at $1,000.
Both suspects were remanded to the Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility pending their advisc of rights hearing.