Sheriff candidates truck pulled over for no license plate
One would think a candidate running for the position of the highest law enforcement position in the parish would try and adhere to every possible law. That seems to not be the case with Eric Hatfield, who is running for Caddo Parish Sheriff.
The Hatfield for Sheriff campaign truck was pulled over Friday morning by Blanchard Police, for not having any visible license plate on the vehicle.
According to sources, officers stopped the vehicle around 9 a.m., just south of the intersection of Hwy 1 and Hwy 173 in northern Caddo Parish. That stretch of Highway 1 is inside the Blanchard town limits and routinely patrolled by Blanchard Police.
The driver of the vehicle, Thomas Eskew, who is reportedly a campaign worker was detained, along with the truck until a license plate could be brought out to go on the vehicle.
After Hatfield was called about the matter, he informed officers that the truck was covered under his dealership and part of his inventory. Thus a dealer tag would be brought out to go on the vehicle. No explanation was given about why the dealer tag had not been on the vehicle before now. In fact, Hatfield himself has not possessed a valid salesman license in the State of Louisiana since 2016. Hatfield Development Company, LLC does hold a valid Used Motor Vehicle Dealer License. Since the vehicle was allegedly part of the dealership's inventory, it would also be covered under the dealer's insurance policy.
Around 10:30 a.m., Amy Senn, the constable's girlfriend arrived on scene with a dealer license plate and the vehicle was then allowed to leave.
We incorrectly reported that Chester McDaniel was the driver of the truck, he called to state he was not and we talked to Blanchard Cheif Gary Presswood, who updated that the driver was identified to be Thomas Eskew.