Posted: Apr 8, 2014 4:47 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: Apr 8, 2014 6:45 PM
NEW ROADS - Three Pointe Coupee Sheriff's deputies have been suspended without pay, and a New Roads Police officer is suspended indefinitely over an alleged drunk driving crash and how it was investigated. It's a story the News 2 Investigative Unit first reported on last week.
Investigators said the New Roads Police officer, Captain Mark Munson, crashed his truck two weeks ago. Inside the vehicle deputies said they found a nearly empty bottle of gin, but Munson was not given a breath test.
The deputies at the scene allowed Munson's wife to pick him up and take him home. Sheriff Bud Torres launched an internal investigation into the matter, and announced suspensions of three of his deputies Tuesday.
The deputies are: Sgt. Dylan Bergeron, Lt. Pat Bizette, and Captain Adrian Slaughter.
Bergeron wrote in the report the night of the crash that he was not certified to test for DWI, which is why a breath test was not administered. On Tuesday, Torres said changes are already being made to make sure at least one deputy per shift is certified in DWI protocols.
"As police officers we have the expectation to do the right thing," Torres said. "If we are involved in something we shouldn't be, we get treated like everyone else."
Today, Munson was charged with failure to maintain control and having an open container.
Following a press conference with Torres, New Roads Mayor Robert Myer held a press conference of his own talking about the action taken against Captain Munson.
"This will not be tolerated," Myer said. "Mr. Munson will have to meet several criteria to be reinstated to the New Roads Police Department."
Myer said that Munson will have to complete four things in order to reapply for his job; pay fines associated with his charges, pay for damages he caused during the crash, take a driver safety course and enroll in counseling.
Torres hopes the discipline implemented will send a strong message through the community that everyone will be treated the same.
"I think he should have been given the test, and whatever the outcome would have been the result" Torres said.
State Police Colonel Mike Edmonson said a Trooper arrived on the scene but was told he could leave. Edmonson said his Trooper will not face disciplinary action.