NEW ROADS, LA (WAFB) - Three deputies have been suspended without pay in connection with a crash involving an off-duty police captain: Capt. Adrian Slaughter, Lt. Pat Bizette & Sgt. Dylan Bergeron.
Officials announced the three deputies with the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office are suspended for multiple days, but an exact number of days was not given.
Capt. Mark Munson of the New Roads Police Department has been charged with failure to maintain control and open container. He is suspended indefinitely without pay. It comes after an 9News investigation into Munson's wreck two weekends ago in New Roads on North Carolina Ave where witnesses said Munson had been drinking and driving, yet no breathalyzer was given and Munson faced no charges.
Even though the wreck was within New Roads city limits, the Pointe Coupee Sheriff's Office was called in to assist because it involved a New Roads officer. But the responding deputy, Sgt. Dylan Bergeron, said in a police report that he was not certified in giving breathalyzers or field sobriety tests. Sources told the Iteam a State Police trooper was also called in by the New Roads Police Dept but Capt. Adrian Slaughter with PCPSO told Sgt. Bergeron to waive off the state trooper and that PCPSO would handle the case.
Pointe Coupee Sheriff Bud Torres said the reason all three were suspended is because all were at one point or another involved in the decision-making process. "As police officers, we have a burden or an expectation of doing the right thing and when we're involved in something that we shouldn't be involved in, that we get treated the same as everybody else," said Torres.
Even though sources tell the Iteam Sgt. Bergeron was told by Capt. Slaughter what to do, Torres said he too was suspended because, "All police officers have an oath of office and they have to do their duty whenever a crime is committed to do the best they can to do their job and because this individual was a supervisor, he's held to a higher standard than a regular deputy."
Munson was not given a breathalyzer even though Sgt. Bergeron wrote in his report, "I noticed a 200 ml bottle of Seagram's Gin in the center console. The bottle was about 3/4 the way empty. After talking to Capt. Munson, I could smell a slight odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath."
New Roads Mayor Robert Myer held a news conference shortly after saying this would not be tolerated.