Lake Charles, LA –
On January 22 at approximately 8:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched near the intersection of Leger Road and Hebert Road in Lake Charles in reference to a man passed out in a car.
When deputies arrived they located the car and observed the driver, Jose A. Trinidad, 47, 2187 E. Gauthier Road, Lot 107, inside. When they spoke with Trinidad deputies detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverages emitting from his breath along with unsteady balance and incoherent speech. Deputies also observed alcoholic beverages inside the car.
Due to Trinidad’s level of intoxication deputies notified emergency medical services, at which time he was transported to a local hospital by ambulance. Deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn by hospital personnel.
After hospital personnel collected the blood sample and Trinidad, who has two prior DWI convictions, was medically cleared he was transported and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd. He was released January 24 on a $25,000 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis.
CPSO Deputy Cody Fontenot is the arresting deputy on this case.
On January 22 at approximately 9:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a convenience store on Highway 27 in Sulphur in reference to an individual backing into a pole in the parking lot.
When deputies arrived they located the suspect’s truck driving erratically in the parking lot. When deputies made contact with the driver, Mark E. Ancelet, 57, 402 East Street, Vinton, they observed him to have unsteady balance along with a strong odor of alcoholic beverages emitting from his person. Deputies also observed several empty alcoholic beverage containers inside the truck.
Deputies attempted to perform field sobriety testing but were unable to complete it due to Ancelet’s level of intoxication. During the investigation deputies also learned Ancelet had been convicted of DWI 3rd in 2014.
Ancelet was placed under arrest and asked to consent to a breath intoxilyzer test, which he refused. Deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn at which time he was transported to a local hospital.
After hospital personnel collected the blood sample Ancelet was transported and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th. Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $50,000.
CPSO Sr. Cpl. Britt Poindexter is the arresting deputy on this case.
An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged. A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.