Lake Charles, LA –
On July 15 at approximately 10:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a stop on a truck near the intersection of Maplewood Drive and Post Oak Road in Sulphur for a traffic violation.
When deputies approached the truck and spoke with the driver, William R. Rivera, 43, Sulphur, they detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath. Deputies also observed a partially full beer bottle inside the truck. When deputies spoke with Rivera he advised he was on probation and his license was suspended due to prior DWIs. Rivera also advised deputies that he drank approximately 2 beers.
After Rivera performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilizer test revealed he was over the legal limit.
Rivera, who was convicted of DWI 3rd in January 2022, was booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; driving on a roadway laned for traffic; possession of alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle; and operating a vehicle while license is suspended. Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $45,450 with special conditions being no contact with known drug users or convicted felons, no release unless cleared by Probation & Parole, no driving without an ignition interlock device; no driving without a valid driver’s license, he must wear an alcohol detecting ankle bracelet, subject to curfew and random drug screens, and no other criminal activity.
CPSO Sr. Cpl. Travis Carroll and Deputy Hedgemann Carter were the arresting deputies 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.