Driving in ditch leads to DWI charge, arrest

A Louisiana State Police trooper noticed a gray GMC pickup driving erratically and made a traffic stop that turned into an arrest.

The trooper noted the vehicle exiting the Interstate 20 eastbound ramp onto Tech Drive. As the vehicle came to the stop sign on Tech Drive, it made a right turn and traveled into the grassy ditch.

The vehicle then traveled in the ditch until it made its way onto the South Service Road, where it turned right and continued south on Tech Drive.

The LSP trooper made a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, Martin Sanchez, 25, of Ruston, who stated he did not know why he turned into the ditch, but he was very tired from work. The trooper suspected alcohol impairment due to Sanchez’s bloodshot eyes and the smell of alcohol emitting from his breath. 

Sanchez stated he consumed three Corona beers, and he performed poorly during the Standardized Field Sobriety Test. 

Sanchez was transported to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center and was found to have a .152g% blood alcohol content.

Sanchez did not possess a valid driver’s license at the time of the stop, and an opened Corona beer, which was approximately half full and cold to the touch, was located in the driver’s door of the vehicle.

Sanchez was charged with DWI First Offense, improper turn, no driver’s license and open container. 

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