JPSO Sergeant resigns after DWI arrest

JPSO Sergeant resigns after DWI arrest

KENNER, LA (WVUE) - A Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Sergeant resigned after allegedly crashing his unmarked police vehicle, then fleeing the scene on foot.

According to the Kenner Police Department, Sgt. Jeffery Rodrigue, 39, was booked Tuesday morning for driving while intoxicated, reckless operations of a vehicle and hit-and-run driving. JPSO spokesman Col. John Fortunato said Rodrigue resigned after his arrest.

A KPD officer spotted Rodrigue trying to change a tire on his vehicle on Williams Boulevard near the intersection of Veterans Memorial Boulevard early on May 3, according to police.

Rodrigue identified himself as a JPSO sergeant and told the Kenner police officer that he collided with a median while getting off I-10. According to the Kenner police officer, Rodrigue had "red, glossy eyes" and "reeked of an unknown alcohol beverage."

Rodrigue fled on foot after the KPD officer called for JPSO deputies to come to the scene. According to police, the officer chased Rodrigue and arrested him several blocks away. Police say Rodrigue was "argumentative" and claimed that he couldn't be arrested for DWI because he was not seen actually driving the vehicle. He also refused to take any sobriety tests.

Investigators received a warrant to conduct a blood test on Rodrigue. Those results are pending.

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