We typically have no control over whom we share the road with. Even Louisiana law enforcement officers can become the victims of drivers who are under the influence.
Shortly past midnight on April 28, a 28-year-old man from Shreveport was arrested after he rear-ended a stopped Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office (CPSO) patrol car with his SUV. No one suffered any injuries. However, the deputies and other officers who responded reportedly smelled marijuana in the vehicle.
They found 38 grams of the drug in the SUV — and a lot more. They reported that the vehicle also contained 20 Ecstacy pills, 18 Xanax bars and several grams of a substance they couldn’t identify. They also saw an AR-15 assault rifle laying on a floorboard. Upon further investigation, they found a .380 pistol along with a magazine containing 30 rounds. These were all seized, along with over $400 in cash.
The SUV driver already had a criminal record, which only exacerbated the legal problems he’s now facing. He was charged with possession of drugs with intent to distribute, being in possession of a weapon as a felon and carrying a firearm while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) and taken to jail.
While most drivers who are responsible for crashes don’t face this level of criminal culpability, many may face criminal charges for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. However, any at-fault driver can be held liable civilly for compensation to cover expenses and damages. If you need help getting the compensation you need and deserve after a crash, it’s wise to seek legal guidance.