Minden Press-Herald

Sep 30th

Deputies swoop in on drunk drivers

Webster Parish deputies made a weekend of bringing in drivers who had too much to drink.

Matthew Ellis Wilson, 22, of the 100 block of Johnny's Place, Daniel Joseph Rinaudo, 55, of the 1400 block of Tilman Drive in Bossier City and Shoddrick A. White, 30, of the 100 block of Payne Street in Cullen were each arrested for driving while intoxicated, first offense, as well as other traffic infractions.

Sheriff Gary Sexton said deputies Tony Matteson and Chuck Clark received information from Dixie Inn police officer Gary Grey concerning a white pick up truck driving on a rim through a Dixie Inn business.

"The deputies followed the ruts in the road to old Highway 80, then on to Calvin Liner Road and to Highway 528," Sexton said. "Continuing to follow the ruts, Dep. Matteson discovered a white truck in the middle of McIntyre Road near Hwy. 528, with Wilson in the driver's seat. He was being pulled out of a ditch by an unknown good Samaritan."

Matteson reportedly asked the helper to leave.

"The deputy said Wilson appeared extremely intoxicated," the sheriff said. "He submitted to and failed a field sobriety test."

Sexton said Wilson was arrested, charged additionally with reckless operation and transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center (BDCC) where he was tested on the Intox 5000. His blood alcohol level was reportedly .246g percent.

On the same day, Matteson reportedly arrested Rinaudo on a charge of improper lane usage, in addition to DWI, first offense, after he observed a white van weaving southbound on Highway 528.

"Webster 9-1-1 had received numerous calls about a white Ford van weaving all over Highway 371 south of Cotton Valley," Sexton said. "Deputy Matteson said the van passed him driving on the shoulder of the road. He turned on his lights and stopped Rinaudo who smelled of alcohol."

Rinaudo was arrested and transported to BDCC where his blood alcohol level tested .314g percent.

During the course of the same evening, deputies John Byrd and Jack Davis arrested White on Highway 371 south of Thomasville Road.

Sexton said White was reportedly on the center line.

"The deputies turned around and came up behind the vehicle, noticing that he crossed the fog line three times and the center line twice," said the sheriff. "They made a traffic stop and smelled alcohol on the suspect."

The deputies arrested White on DWI and improper lane usage. He was transported to BDCC where he was tested, and his blood alcohol level reportedly registered .093g percent.






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