A St. Tammany Parish jail employee was fired after he was arrested and booked on a driving while intoxicated count at 2 a.m. Saturday, St. Tammany Sheriff Jack Strain said.
Strain said Kendall Terrell Twillie, 23, of Slidell, was pulled over by Slidell police in Old Towne Slidell, arrested on a count of misdemeanor DWI and booked into the Slidell City Jail.
Later in the day, Strain pulled Twillie’s commission and fired him.
Although Twillie worked at the jail, he hadn’t yet been through the academy to become certified as a law enforcement officer.
“We insist that our deputies hold themselves to the very highest standards of ethics and behavior, both on duty and off. If they cannot maintain that level of professionalism, they will not work for the Sheriff’s Office,” Strain said.
It was reported earlier this week that a state trooper pulled over Sgt. Sean Beavers, of the St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office, in the early morning hours of May 24 on suspicion of DWI.
Trooper 1st Class Matthew Graham smelled alcohol on the driver’s breath, according to a State Police spokesman. But Graham called a supervisor with the Sheriff’s Office and turned the incident over to that office.
Beavers was not given a breath-alcohol test and was not issued a ticket after Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Daniel Chauvin determined that he was not legally intoxicated. But Chauvin also decided that Beavers should not drive, and another off-duty deputy drove him home.
Beavers later received a 40-hour suspension without pay and a job reassignment that means a cut in pay.