Off-duty State Police lieutenant arrested for DWI

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BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) — Louisiana State Police troopers arrested a lieutenant from their own agency for driving drunk and speeding early Saturday.

Sheldon Perkins, 48, was off duty at 1:30 a.m., when troopers stopped him for speeding and improper lane use on Burbank Drive, east of Bluebonnet Boulevard. He is assigned to Louisiana State Police’s Bureau of Investigations.

Troopers determined Perkins was intoxicated after multiple sobriety tests. They tried arresting him, but he resisted, prompting one officer to fire his taser and handcuff him.

Perkins was taken to Louisiana State Police Troop A headquarters, where he submitted a breath alcohol sample registering more than twice the legal driving limit.

The off-duty lieutenant was charged with first-offense DWI, battery on a police officer, resisting an officer, reckless operation and improper lane usage.

Perkins was transported to the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail, booked and released. Louisiana State Police has placed him on administrative leave pending the investigation.

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