It is a good idea to reflect on trends from time to time and assess how Louisiana is doing. We recently read a new study that shows dramatic improvement in the drunk driving arrest rate here.
In certain situations, Louisiana law requires you to install an ignition interlock in your vehicle and then blow into the device before you can start your vehicle. If the device does not detect a prohibited level of alcohol in your system, you can start your car up and drive off, but you will have to provide additional breath samples while you’re driving in order to prove you’re not drinking while you’re behind the wheel.
Lake Charles TV station KPLC regularly posts on its website booking reports from Calcasieu Correctional Center. The sparse lists contain nothing more than a single line about each arrest, giving the person’s name, age, hometown and the charge (or charges) they face.
If you drive due east of Lake Charles on Interstate 10 for a little bit more than an hour, you will arrive in Lafayette. A special education teacher in Louisiana’s fourth-largest city was recently arrested on a charge of simple battery.
If you drive north of Lake Charles for about 200 miles, you will come to Bossier Parish. According to a news report, a patrol deputy with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office recently made an early morning traffic stop on Interstate 20 for improper lane usage.
If you drive east of Lake Charles for about three hours, you will come to Thibodaux in Lafourche Parish. The town of about 14,000 is home to Nicholls State University, rival to McNeese State, of course. Thibodaux is also home to a 29-year-old man who was arrested recently on drug charges after law enforcement officers found him riding a tricycle.
If you drive about 100 miles north of Lake Charles, you will find yourself in Sabine Parish. The school board in the sparsely populated area was recently rocked by news that a board member has been charged with Medicaid fraud.
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.
If you drive north of Lake Charles for about 195 miles, you will arrive in Monroe. The eighth-largest city in Louisiana is home to a 32-year-old man who faces a series of serious drug-related criminal charges.
The acclaimed Netflix series, “Making a Murderer,” examined the case of Steven Avery, who served 18 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of sexual assault and attempted murder. Penny Beerntsen, the woman who had been brutally assaulted, had incorrectly identified Avery as her attacker. DNA evidence later proved that another man had actually been the assailant.