WPSO: New Orleans man faces 5th DUI

Published 9:57 am Friday, April 27, 2018

The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a New Orleans man this week, after he was charged with his fifth DUI, according to WPSO Chief Deputy Mike Haley.

Haley said that around mid-day Wednesday, WPSO Patrol Deputy Adam Sullivan responded to a report of a car being driven erratically on Louisiana Highway 21 north of Bogalusa. Sullivan observed a vehicle heading north on Highway 21 which matched the description he had been given.

The vehicle, which had an Alabama license plate, was swerving in the roadway, Haley said. Sullivan stopped the vehicle and observed that the driver appeared to be impaired with slurred speech and the inability to walk without swaying.

The driver of the vehicle, Roy Allen Walker, 58, a resident of Poland Avenue in New Orleans, had a Louisiana identification card but no driver’s license, Haley said. It was determined later that his driver’s license had been suspended due to previous DWI convictions.

Haley said that after receiving permission to search the vehicle, Sullivan discovered four whiskey bottles. Three were empty and one was half-empty.

Walker was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail, charged with a fifth offense of driving while intoxicated, driving with a suspended license and having an open container in his vehicle. As of Friday morning, he remained in jail with his bond set at $127,000.

“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 28 people in the United States are killed daily by drunk drivers,” Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal said. “This equals one death every 51 minutes and the annual cost of alcohol related crashes is $44 billion.

“These are horrible statistics. Deputy Sullivan’s actions may have prevented another death or serious injury. It seems obvious that Mr. Walker has a serious drinking problem and he should never be behind the wheel of a vehicle. Thank you, Deputy Sullivan, for protecting the drivers of Washington Parish.”