A Livingston Parish employee accused of driving drunk and wrecking a parish truck resigned Monday at the parish president’s request.
Parish President Layton Ricks said Shevis Ball, who was arrested last week on counts of DWI and careless operation after wrecking a parish-owned truck near his home in Watson, resigned before a scheduled hearing at which Ball might have been fired Monday afternoon.
State Police said Ball’s blood alcohol content level was 0.168 percent, more than double the 0.08 percent legal limit for drivers in Louisiana, when he was arrested about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.
The Ford F-150 that Ball crashed along La. 16, just south of La. 63, had extensive damage to the front end, a long dent and scrape along the driver-side door, a caved and cracked windshield, and no back glass. The airbags had deployed.
“Based on the information I have, I asked him to tender his resignation or face termination,” Ricks said Monday. “He decided to resign, and as far as I’m concerned, this matter is now closed.”
Ricks said he had not yet received a crash report from the State Police and, when he asked for Ball’s resignation, did not know for certain what Ball’s Breathalyzer test result had been.
“I haven’t seen his ticket and didn’t ask what number was on it,” Ricks said.
Ball apologized for the incident when he and Ricks spoke on the phone Monday morning, Ricks said.
“It’s not a good day when you have to let somebody loose,” Ricks said. “But I feel comfortable that I gave him due process and did what I was legally required to do, and I think I did all I can do.”
Another public works employee, Patrick Bell, will take over as the parish’s liaison to Waste Management, as well as performing some of the other duties Ball had performed, Ricks said.
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