On March 21, just before midnight, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Randy Trotter, age 55 and a resident of Graceland Drive. Trotter was sitting behind the wheel of his truck eastbound on the shoulder of Highway 10 near the intersection with Highway 439. Trotter, who was asleep when deputies arrived, was intoxicated, had an open can of beer in his vehicle and was unstable on his feet when he exited the truck. He stated he was going to Franklinton, although he was headed in the opposite direction.
Trotter was uncooperative with deputies, refusing to perform a roadside sobriety test. He was transported to jail where he also refused to take a breath analysis test. He was booked into the Washington Parish Jail on charges of driving while intoxicated and having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle. He was released on March 22 after posting a $2,500 bond.
“Intoxicated drivers are a significant threat to all other drivers on the road,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Thankfully, Mr. Trotter made it to the shoulder of the road before he fell asleep at the wheel. Our deputies, as usual, did an excellent job, possibly preventing injury or death if there had been an accident.”