DWI arrests keep police busy

Impaired drivers kept local law enforcement busy over the weekend with four men charged with DWI.

Brian Brantley, 37, of Ruston, was arrested Thursday night after he was stopped leaving the scene of a disturbance on McDonald Avenue. Brantley was allegedly involved in a loud argument with a woman and left the scene before officers arrived. He was spotted and his 2022 Toyota Camry was stopped by Ruston Police.

Brantley told officers he had been drinking and he displayed signs of intoxication. A records check revealed Brantley’s driver’s license was suspended and he had a previous DWI in 2020. Four warrants charging Brantley with failure to appear in Ruston City Court were located. He was arrested and booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for second offense DWI and the four warrants for various traffic charges.

Bail was set at $22,500.

Cory E. Brown, 42, of Simsboro was arrested early Saturday morning by a Lincoln Parish patrol deputy who saw him swerving over the roadway in Grambling.

Brown exhibited signs of intoxication and could not produce a driver’s license. A check showed his Louisiana license was suspended and he was on probation for a previous DWI.

After Brown performed poorly on field sobriety tests, he was placed under arrest and taken to the detention center where he refused to submit to a breath test. He was booked for second offense DWI, driving under suspension, and improper lane usage.

Orlin L. Maradiaga-Galvez was arrested Saturday night after he was stopped for passing a vehicle on South Farmerville Street in a no passing zone, almost causing a crash. Galvez did not have a driver’s license and showed indications of impairment.

Galvez was taken to the detention center where he was advised of his rights through a translator. He submitted a breath sample showing his blood alcohol content to be 0.244g%, over three times the Louisiana legal limit.

Galvez was booked for a second offense DWI, open alcohol container in a vehicle, no driver’s license issued, an improper passing.

About 7 a.m. Sunday morning, Christian Vanegas, 30, was stopped by the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office after he was clocked at 83 miles per hour in a 70 mph zone on Interstate 20.

Vanegas smelled of an alcoholic beverage and performed poorly on field sobriety tests. He was arrested and given a breath test at the detention center. The test indicated a blood alcohol concentration of 0.173g%. He was booked for second offense DWI, open container in a vehicle, and speeding.

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