BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A trooper with Louisiana State Police, who was tazed by a fellow trooper during a traffic stop, has been terminated.
Sheldon Perkins, the fired trooper, was initially placed on administrative leave following the Aug. 24 traffic stop on Burbank Drive in Baton Rouge, in which he allegedly became combative.
He was terminated Sept. 27, state records show. According to an arrest report, a fellow state trooper pulled over Perkins at 1:30 a.m. for allegedly speeding.
Perkins, who was driving a 2018 Ford F-150, was reportedly traveling 85 mph in a 55 mph zone, the arrest report says.
The arrest report also says Perkins immediately provided his identification and advised he was a lieutenant with LSP.
The trooper wrote in the arrest report Perkins admitted to consuming two beers and performed “poorly” on his field sobriety test.
The trooper said Perkins began walking away from the scene and onto the roadway. As the trooper attempted to remove Perkins from the roadway, Perkins allegedly pushed the trooper, the arrest report says.
The trooper used a Tazer on Perkins and eventually took him into custody. Perkins was transported to the LSP Troop A facility where he provided a breath sample, showing his blood alcohol concentration was .177%, about twice the legal limit, records show.
Perkins was charged with DWI (1st offense), battery of a police officer, resisting an officer, reckless operation, and improper lane usage.
While the incident was captured on state police video, that video will not become public record until the DWI case against Perkins is resolved in court.
LSP spokesman, Captain J.B. Slaton, says Perkins’ termination was based on four different violations of policy, including conformance to laws, use of intoxicants, relations with other commissioned officers (how they interact with one another), and conduct unbecoming of an officer.
Perkins was assigned to the Bureau of Investigations with LSP. He had been with LSP since 2000.
He was previously demoted after admitting that in 2016, he kept a $400 ice chest and fishing equipment recovered during a theft investigation, The Advocate newspaper reported.
When questioned, Perkins allegedly told investigators he intended to donate some of the items to Goodwill, but hadn’t gotten around to doing so, the newspaper report said.