BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – On Sunday, October 2, a trooper with the Louisiana State Police was on I-12 West when a vehicle was seen going 20 mph over the speed limit.
The trooper followed the yellow 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass which allegedly changed lanes multiple times without using a turn signal.
The driver of the Cutlass was later identified as Joshua Thomas, 32, of Baton Rouge.
While on I-12, Thomas allegedly entered a construction zone without slowing down.
The LSP trooper clocked the Baton Rouge man going 80 mph in a 50 mph zone.
The 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass “then pulled to the right shoulder of I-10 West, just east of the College Dr. exit,” according to the affidavit.
When first speaking with Thomas after the traffic stop, the trooper immediately smelled marijuana.
During questioning, the driver confessed to indulging in alcohol and marijuana on Sunday.
Upon request, Thomas attempted to complete some Standardized Field Sobriety Tests.
The tests did not go well and the Baton Rouge man was arrested a little after 1 a.m.
“Further investigation revealed that the vehicle was unregistered, uninsured” and did not have a license plate, according to the affidavit.
A subsequent chemical breath test came back with the BAC of .020.
Thomas was charged with the crimes listed below:
- Operating while intoxicated; first offense
- License Plate Required/State
- Maximum Speed Law
- Insurance Required
- Possession of Marijuana
- Driving Under Suspended License
- Unregistered Vehicle
The 32-year-old booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Sunday, October 2.
The Baton Rouge man was released from jail two days later.