BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year, more than 10,000 people in the United States lose their lives in crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver.

Ever aware of the dangers posed by these incidents, officers with the Baton Rouge Police Department (BRPD) are sparing no effort in keeping city streets safe from drunk driving crashes.

Over the weekend, officers pulled one motorist over in an incident that’s been officially documented.

Police say it was just after 2 a.m., Saturday (August 6) when they noticed a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe speeding and weaving in and out of its lane along Perkins Road.

BRPD says they pulled the vehicle over and identified the driver as Tyler Pecue. The officer who interacted with Pecue said he, “exhibited blood shot eyes,” and reeked of alcohol despite the fact that he was chewing gum.

The officer said Pecue admitted he’d just been drinking at a bar, and added that he did not want to take a field sobriety test or be tested on the alcohol breath test machine.

So, the officer sought and secured a warrant to have Pecue’s blood tested, after which he arrested Pecue and placed him behind bars in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

This was not the only alleged drunk driving incident over the weekend in the capital area.

At least four other individuals were arrested on related charges, indicating that local law enforcement is unwavering in its attempts to pinpoint and apprehend motorists who appear to be driving while intoxicated.

Louisiana’s alcohol-impaired driving laws make it illegal to drive with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) above .08 percent.

This evidence is all that is necessary for someone to be convicted of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI).

Louisiana is home to a number of treatment facilities that work with individuals who suffer from alcohol use disorder.

Residents in Baton Rouge who would like more information on such facilities can contact the Capital Area Human Services District (CAHSD) at (225) 922-2700 or visit its website here.