Three deputies on leave, city officer charged after wreck

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Posted: Apr 8, 2014 2:25 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Apr 8, 2014 2:25 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: police wreck, new roads wreck, new roads police, alcohol, pointe coupee parish, sheriff's office

NEW ROADS- A city police officer faces charges related to an alleged drunk driving crash and the deputies who investigated the wreck and did not arrest him at the scene have been suspended.

At an afternoon news conference Tuesday, Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff Bud Torres said he suspended three deputies without pay for not doing their jobs. Also, it was announced that city police Captain Mark Munson will be charged with open container and failure to maintain control.

Less than two weeks ago, Munson crashed a truck he was driving and wasn't given a breath test even though a nearly empty bottle of gin was found in his truck. Following reports by the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit, Torres launched an internal investigation into the matter.

At a second news conference concerning the issue, this one called by the mayor of New Roads, it was released that Munson has been placed on indefinite suspension without pay.

Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto will have more on WBRZ News 2 at 6:00.
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