ASCENSION PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) – Local authorities say a high-ranking deputy has been suspended and is slated to become the subject of an upcoming investigation after he was arrested on a DWI charge this weekend.
According to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office (APSO), Captain T.J. Gaughf was arrested in the early morning hours of Sunday, October 2.
Authorities say they pulled Gaughf over around 12:15 a.m., just past the fog line on Airline Highway in Duplessis.
APSO confirmed that the Captain’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was .15, which is over the legal limit.
Louisiana law states that any driver with a BAC above .08 percent is considered intoxicated.
Gaughf was booked into Ascension Parish Jail and suspended indefinitely pending an investigation with the APSO Internal Disciplinary Review Board.
APSO Sheriff, Bobby Webre issued a statement regarding the arrest, saying, “Any deputy, be they of low or high rank, will be held to the highest standards in law enforcement, and I expect Captain Gaughf to abide by the rules of the Disciplinary Review Board as well as consequences and ruling of the court.”
According to authorities, this was Gaughf’s first DWI offense.