Driving under the influence of alcohol remains a serious problem in Louisiana and across the country. Anyone, anywhere, anytime can fall victim to the consequences of drunk driving. Such was the situation on Johnson Street in Lafayette Parish on a recent Friday night.
Alcohol is a risk that adolescents and sometimes even younger children may face. Peer pressure becomes increasingly prevalent as children move into the teen years, and underage drinking is a widespread problem among teens and university students.
A UPS driver was recently arrested in Louisiana and charged with a DUI. It was reported that she had been seen swerving on the road and that the authorities were notified. After she was pulled over she reportedly agreed to field sobriety tests but did not pass them. The driver was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, and she also faces drug charges. The incident happened in West Carroll Parish.
Law enforcement officers continue to fight the drug crisis in Louisiana. A recent bust in northeast Louisiana, in West Carroll Parish, is a new installment in that effort. Two men were arrested in the bust on suspicion of dealing illegal substances and face multiple charges, including drug charges.
Teenagers under the influence of illegal drugs in Louisiana can exhibit strange behavior and may not be fully aware of their actions. This is no excuse for inappropriate or illegal behavior, nor should it deny a person's right to a criminal defense. Regardless of the circumstances of an arrest, an accused individual is still presumed innocent until -- and only if -- found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.