Man arrested after near collision with officer

Published 12:14 pm Monday, March 13, 2017

By Dawn Burleigh

The Orange Leader

An Orange police officer was almost in a collision when a truck approaching an intersection at 23rd Street and Lutcher Drive failed to yield, pulling out in front of the patrol vehicle on Sunday.

“I was, however, able to stop by patrol vehicle and avoid a collision,” the officer wrote in a police report. “I then conducted a traffic stop on this truck.”

The driver of the truck, Joshua Sonnier, was arrested for driving while intoxicated.

Sonnier displayed slow, slurred speech, watery blood shot eyes, unsteady on his feet while an odor of and unknown alcoholic beverage emitted from his person.

Sonnier has a prior conviction of driving while intoxicated in 2008.