WPSO lieutenant arrested for DWI
It's a misdemeanor offense, but Webster Parish Sheriff's Lt. Shawn Baker will have to "pay for his actions, just like anybody else," said WPSO Chief Deputy Bobby Igo.
Baker was arrested by another WPSO deputy Monday night on a charge of driving while intoxicated, first offense.
Igo said a deputy on patrol in the northern part of the parish observed a pick-up truck that was swerving and crossed the center line.
"The deputy activated his lights – he had no idea who it was ... it didn't make any difference who it was," Igo said. "Baker pulled into a driveway, got out of the truck, and the deputy detected the odor of alcohol."
The deputy reportedly administered a field sobriety test. Intoxilyzer results showed Baker's blood alcohol level was .188g percent, which is over the legal limit of .08.
Igo said Baker will face the consequences, like anyone else.
"We'll put together a committee for an internal hearing," he said. "The criminal proceedings – as far as the DWI – we don't have any jurisdiction over that. That will be handled through the district attorney, just like any other case."
The internal affairs committee's discussions and interviews will not be made public, he said.
"The disposition will be, though," he said.
The severity of the offense – DWI first offense is a misdemeanor – along with Baker's 16-year history with the department will be taken into account by the committee.
Reportedly, Baker was not on duty at the time of his arrest, nor was he driving a sheriff's vehicle.
"He's a good officer," Igo said. "He's done a good job in the northern part of the parish. But we have a standard we have to keep – (Sheriff) Gary Sexton set that standard when he took office – and we have to live by them."
While awaiting the committee's meeting, Baker will continue to work, riding with a partner.
"He's charged but not been found guilty," Igo said.