489 arrested for drunk driving since Katrina

August 22, 2007 at 3:16 pm  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

St. Charles Parish sheriff’s deputies have been working hard to keep drunk drivers off the streets, with an overwhelming 489 arrests made of intoxicated drivers from August of 2005 to August of 2007.

“We have two officers assigned to look for possible intoxicated drivers every weekend, Friday and Saturday night from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.,” Sheriff Greg Champagne, told the Herald-Guide.

“Our officers are trained and know what signs to look for,” he continued.

Champagne said a car driving unusually slow, or excessively fast, a vehicle swerving in an out of lanes, could indicate a driver is under the influence.

“When our deputies pull you over, we give a field sobriety test, to determine how heavily you’ve been drinking,” he said.

“We ask you to walk a straight line, take your finger and touch the tip of your nose, or recite the alphabet,” he said.

“If a driver performs poorly on the field tests, they are placed under arrest and taken to the jail in Killona,” he continued.

Champagne said the process is lengthy and one arrest takes about four hours to process.

“Once the driver is arrested, we ask them if they will submit to a breathlizer test,” he said.

“But the driver doesn’t have to,” he continued.

Louisiana DWI laws state that any driver who does not submit to a breathlizer test will have their driver’s license suspended automatically.

Shonna Riggs can be reached at shonnar@heraldguide.com or 758-2795.

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