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Louisiana police officer accused of causing drunk driving crash

Two hours east on Interstate 10: that is all it takes to get from Lake Charles to Louisiana’s capital of Baton Rouge. We recently read a report that a police officer there has been accused of causing a head-on collision while he was behind the wheel of an unmarked police car.

The 30-year-old officer from Ethel is also accused of drunk driving

The 30-year-old officer from Ethel is also accused of being drunk when he caused the crash.

According to the news report, the officer ran a red light at about 8 o’clock on a recent evening. Law enforcement officials said he was arrested on several charges, including DWI, violating traffic control signals and failure to wear a seat belt.

The news report states that because the suspect was “sedated and incoherent,” he was “unable to submit a Breathalyzer test.” However, a blood sample was apparently drawn and will be analyzed.

Television station WAFB also reported it was told by a Louisiana State Police spokesperson that the driver of the other vehicle sustained only minor injuries.

The Baton Rouge cop has been with the city police department for two years, but has now been placed on administrative leave.

Clearly, his career as a law enforcement officer is in jeopardy. So, too, are his freedom and driving privileges.

As you probably know, a first offense DWI can mean jail time of up to six months, a fine of up to $1,000 and up to two years of probation. Potential penalties for a second drunk driving conviction include all of the above plus a potential requirement that the driver installs an ignition interlock device in his or her vehicle for up to six months.

If you have been arrested for DWI, contact a Lake Charles attorney experienced in drunk driving defense.

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