Sheriff: Drunk driver arrested after crash at Sonic
A 31-year-old Bourg woman was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated Tuesday in Morgan City after running into a menu stand at Sonic, St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert said in a news release.
—Heather Troulliet, 31, of South Jamon Court in Bourg, was arrested 8:38 p.m. Tuesday on the charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated-child endangerment law, turning movements and required signals violation, possession of open alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle and no driver’s license.
The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from an off-duty Louisiana State Police trooper of a reckless driver on U.S. 90 in the Morgan City area. Morgan City police also responded to the complaint. A sheriff’s deputy in Morgan City located the vehicle on La. 70 and initiated a traffic stop.
The deputy then observed the vehicle pull into the Sonic restaurant parking lot on Marguerite Street. The driver nearly came to a complete stop before accelerating and striking one of the menu and ordering stands. The deputy located the driver, Troulliet, and saw that there were children, ages 12 and 4, and an open bottle of beer inside the vehicle.
While speaking with Troulliet, the deputy noted that she smelled strongly of an alcoholic beverage and had slurred speech. The deputy conducted a standardized field sobriety test. Troulliet performed the test poorly.
She was transported to the Morgan City Police Department where she registered 0.154 grams-percent blood alcohol concentration on a breath test. Troulliet was booked into parish jail with no bail set. The children were released to a guardian.
Hebert reported responding to 33 complaints in the parish and reported the following arrests in east St. Mary Parish:
—Renitra Christopher, 33, of Terrebonne Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 3:25 p.m. Tuesday on a warrant for failure to appear on the charges of operating a vehicle with a suspended license.
A deputy located Christopher at a business in Bayou Vista on the warrant and transported her to the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center for booking. She was released on $500 bail.
—Julie Bennett, 46, of Oregon Street in Berwick, was arrested at 8:09 p.m. Tuesday on a warrant for failure to appear on the charge of theft. A deputy investigating a vehicle crash on U.S. 90 in Morgan City spoke with a driver, identified her as Bennett, and located the active warrant for her arrest.
Bennett was transported to the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center for booking and then released on $500 bail.
—Jerry Henderson, 38, of Chirpy’s Lane in Amelia, was arrested at 2:17 p.m. Tuesday on the charges of possession of crack cocaine, obstruction of justice, and violation of a uniform controlled dangerous substance law-drug free zone.
Detectives of the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office narcotics section were patrolling Amelia when they observed a man quickly walking away from a vehicle that was stopped on Lake Palourde Road. Detectives then observed the person attempt to throw a cellophane bag beneath a shed.
Detectives located the man, identified as Henderson, and recovered the discarded item. The bag contained crack cocaine. The illegal drug was found within 2,000 feet of a church. Henderson was transported to the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center for booking. No bail is set.
Morgan City Police Chief James Blair reported the following arrests:
—Wesley R. Bass, 19, of River Road in Berwick, was arrested at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday on a warrant charging him with direct contempt of court. Bass was arrested in the city court on a warrant and jailed.
—Kedesha N. Scott, 22, of Federal Avenue in Morgan City, was arrested at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday on a warrant charging her with probation violation.
Scott who was already incarcerated in the Morgan City Jail l was booked in on an additional warrant held by the 6th Ward Morgan City Court and remains incarcerated.
Berwick Police Chief James Richard reported the following arrests:
—Jeremy Smith, 29, of Utah Street in Berwick, was arrested at 12:36 p.m. Tuesday on the charge of disturbing the peace fifth offense. Smith posted $256 bail.
—Ashley Hebert, 27, of Utah Street in Berwick, was arrested at 12:36 p.m. Tuesday on the charge of disturbing the peace. Hebert posted $176 bail.
Patterson Police Chief Patrick LaSalle reported no arrests.