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NEW ROADS - According to a report released Monday, a New Roads police captain was not tested for alcohol in his system after wrecking his personal vehicle Friday night, even though officers on the scene said they smelled alcohol on his breath and found a partially-empty bottle of gin in his vehicle.

Captain Mark Munson was placed on administrative leave Monday morning, according to New Roads Police Chief Kevin McDonald. The report from the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office said Munson was not tested after his wreck because nobody on shift at the time was DWI certified.

Residents in New Roads believe it's a double standard.

"If that would have been me drunk stumbling or smelling like alcohol, I would have went to jail," Dathon Ezenwekwe said. "I would have gotten an open container charge or something."

The sheriff's office said Munson crashed his pickup while driving south on North Carolina Avenue. Investigators said Munson drifted off into a ditch and jumped a private driveway, damaging a culvert and his pickup. The deputy who responded said he found a partially-empty bottle of gin in the center console of the pickup, and noticed a faint smell of alcohol on Munson's breath when he spoke to him.

Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff Bud Torres said he's not happy with the way the situation was handled.  It's why he contacted State Police and launched an investigation into it.

"I would like to have an outside agency whenever we are investigating our own to make sure we do the right thing," Torres said.

According to the report, Munson's wife came to the scene and drove him home.

The sheriff's office said even though the wreck happened inside the city limits, they were called in to investigate because it involved a New Roads Police officer.

"We will not give preferential treatment," Torres said.  "We are going to do our job, and when someone crosses the line to a point where it is just out of control behavior, we will do our job."

Ezenwekwe believes Munson shouldn't have received a free pass in the first place.

"I don't know why they didn't do anything," Ezenwekwe said. "I think they should get treated the same way we get treated."

This was the second wreck Munson was involved in this year.  New Roads Police Chief Kevin McDonald said Munson also crashed a cop car a few years ago.  McDonald did not remember if Munson was drug tested.

News 2's Chris Nakamoto will have more on this investigation tonight at 6 p.m.

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