2nd ruling on DWI checkpoints goes against police
BATON ROUGE, La. - A state District Court judge has let stand a City Court ruling that the Police Department violated the law when it a police supervisor was present and engaged in activities connected with DWI checkpoints.
State District Judge Don Johnson's ruling on Jan. 31 denied an appeal by the city to a ruling in May by City Court Judge Yvette Alexander.
City Prosecutor Lisa Freeman says that her office will appeal Johnson's ruling to the state 1st Circuit Court of Appeal.
The case hinges on whether the Police Department properly separated the duties of supervisors and field officers in conducting DWI checkpoints, as set forth in guidelines issued by the Louisiana Supreme Court.