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Bossier Parish police juror pleads guilty to misdemeanor DWI

September 12, 2019

BENTON, La. (AP) — A local Louisiana government official has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DWI after veering across a center line as a sheriff’s deputy was driving the other way last year.

Bossier Parish Police Juror Rickey Avery, 60, of Bossier City, pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-offense driving while intoxicated, Bossier Parish District Attorney’s Office spokesman John Andrew Prime said in a news release Thursday.

He said Avery had admitted consuming both alcohol and prescription narcotics on Dec. 17, the day the deputy stopped him.

The arrest report said he smelled of alcohol, was unsteady, and his speech was slightly slurred.

State District Judge Mike Craig gave Avery a suspended six-month sentence and ordered him to participate in a drug and driver improvement program. He also fined Avery $300 and put him on six months supervised probation.

Caddo Parish prosecutors handled the case to prevent possible conflict of interest.

In 2016, Avery was arrested on suspicion of DWI but was released the same night with no charges filed. After an internal investigation, one Bossier City officer resigned, one was suspended and a third was fired but got the dismissal changed to a 90-day suspension over that incident.

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