Lake Charles –


On May 6 at approximately 1:00 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near W. Sale Road and Lake Street in Lake Charles. 


 When the deputy spoke with the driver, Mitchell S. Crador, 42, Lake Charles, she could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath.  Deputies also observed him to have bloodshot eyes and unsteady balance.  Crador advised deputies he had two beers prior to driving.   


After Crador, who has been convicted of DWI 2nd, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and a traffic violation.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $50,500 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device, he must wear an alcohol detecting ankle bracelet, must be subject to random drug screenings, cannot commit any other crimes; no contact with known drug users or convicted felons; no release unless cleared by Probation & Parole; and no driving without a valid license.


CPSO Deputies Olivia Ferguson and Josh Anders are 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.