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Louisiana State Police lieutenant charged with DWI and more

One of the law enforcement agencies we count on most in Lake Charles is the Louisiana State Police. However, one of their own is in serious legal trouble after he was recently arrested for drunk driving and speeding.

The 48-year-old lieutenant was off-duty when he was pulled over for speeding and improper lane usage by fellow troopers at about 1:30 a.m.

According to a news report, the officer failed several sobriety tests. When troopers tried to arrest him for DWI, he reportedly resisted their efforts. A Taser was used to subdue and then handcuff him.

He was taken to Louisiana State Police Troop A headquarters, where a breath test apparently showed that his BAC (blood alcohol content) was more than twice the legal Louisiana limit of .08 percent.

He has been charged with DWI, battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, reckless driving and improper lane usage.

While the report of the officer’s arrest did not contain a specific BAC level, it will be important to determine that in coming days. If his BAC was tested at .15 percent or above, he could be sentenced to an additional 48 hours in jail. If his BAC exceeded .20, he could be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in his vehicle for a year.

Obviously, there would also be a significant danger to his law enforcement career if he is convicted.

The best thing for him to do at this point is also the best thing for anyone in a similar situation to do: contact an attorney experienced in protecting rights, freedom and careers with effective DWI/DUI defense.

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