Police officer accused of DWI after crash
GONZALES - State Police arrested an off-duty police officer from Gonzales Monday after they said he was driving drunk and involved in a crash. However, his chief says the officer will stay on the job.
Investigators said Randy Cloatre Jr. of Gonzales PD was involved in a wreck Monday evening on Highway 61 and Highway 30. State Police said one person in another vehicle involved in the wreck had minor injuries, and Cloatre was charged with DWI and careless operation.
Chief Sherman Jackson said Cloatre was in his personal vehicle at the time. The chief said the officer's driver's license was taken from him, but he was given a 30-day temporary license and will still be able to work, pending any civil service action.
"It just looks like he made a bad decision," Jackson said. "This matter has been placed under administrative investigation. We are taking quick and appropriate action, based on our off-duty policy."
Cloatre is the son of parish council member Randy Cloatre, and has been with the police department for eight years according to Jackson.