A Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office sergeant has resigned after he was arrested early Tuesday morning on an allegation that he crashed his official vehicle, fled the scene and refused to take a chemical breath test.
Sgt. Jeffery Rodrigue, 39, of Metairie, was booked on counts of driving while intoxicated, reckless operation of a vehicle and hit-and-run driving.
A Sheriff’s Office spokesman said Rodrigue resigned after the arrest.
Kenner police said an officer spotted Rodrigue trying to change a tire on his stalled vehicle in the right southbound lane of Williams Boulevard near Veterans Memorial Boulevard.
Rodrigue identified himself as a JPSO sergeant and told the Kenner officer that he had collided with an elevated median while exiting Interstate 10 eastbound at Williams Boulevard, according to a booking report.
Rodrigue told the officer that he was trying to drive the unmarked, official vehicle back to the JPSO motor pool. But Rodrigue had “red glossy eyes,” “reeked of an unknown alcohol beverage” and was “unsteady afoot,” according to police.
While police were awaiting the arrival of Sheriff’s Office deputies, Rodrigue fled on foot, according to Kenner police. Officers followed him and arrested him several blocks away, near West Napoleon and Illinois avenues, shortly before 3 a.m.
Kenner Police Lt. Brian McGregor said Rodrigue was “argumentative” and claimed that he could not be booked on DWI because he had not been seen actually driving his vehicle. He refused to take a field sobriety test as well as a chemical breath test, police said.
Investigators obtained a warrant for a blood sample, according to the booking report. Results are pending.
Rodrigue was released due to jail overcrowding in lieu of a $2,000 bail, according to court records.
Efforts to contact him Wednesday were unsuccessful.