Callers help Troopers locate drunk driver with a child in the vehicle

Published 12:43 pm Friday, December 28, 2018

To The Leader

LAKE CHARLES – On Tuesday, December 25, 2018, at 7:30 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop D began to receive calls from concerned motorists about a vehicle on I-10 that was being driven erratically and that had allegedly sideswiped a bridge railing.  Troopers located and stopped the vehicle in Lake Charles.  The driver, 34-year-old Hugo Daniel Gonzalez of Sulphur, had a 10-year-old child in the vehicle.

Gonzalez showed obvious signs of impairment, was placed under arrest, and was transported to Troop D for processing.  While at Troop D, Gonzales provided a breath sample revealing a blood alcohol content over 3 ½ times the legal limit.

Gonzalez was charged with third offense DWI (with child endangerment), improper lane usage, operating a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license, and open alcoholic beverage container.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center.

The Louisiana State Police is working hard to reduce the number of crashes on our highways but we can’t do it alone.  This arrest was made possible because concerned citizens alerted Troopers to the presence of this dangerous driver, possibly preventing a serious crash.  To report impaired or reckless drivers, motorists anywhere in Louisiana are encouraged to dial *LSP (*577) to contact State Police directly or to dial 911.