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Authorities crack down on DWI drivers during holiday season

Monday, December 19, 2011 - 1:22pm

Bossier Sheriff Larry Deen says a man and woman were arrested over the weekend on separate occasions for drinking while driving late Saturday night.

Christian M. Peppard, 43, of Santa Monica, Calif., was reportedly driving all over the road in the Airline Drive area and was soon stopped by a Bossier deputy just before midnight Saturday night for driving over divider cones at Airline Drive and Linton Road. When the deputy made contact with the driver, he smelled a strong alcoholic beverage odor coming from Peppard, who was unsteady on his feet and confessed to the officer that he “drank too much.” Peppard refused to take the Standard Field Sobriety Test three different times and was taken into custody for DWI. While taking an inventory of Peppard’s vehicle, the deputy found suspected marijuana, rolling papers and an open bottle of whiskey. Peppard admitted to not having any insurance, and deputies also determined he was driving with switched license plates.

Peppard was charged with DWI (2nd) - previously arrested for DWI in December 2002, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless operation, no proof of insurance, switched license plate and open container. He was transported to the Bossier Maximum Security Facility where he blew a .185 BAC; his bond is $4,400.

Also just before midnight Saturday, Yolanda R. Daniels, 37, of the 500 block of S. Arkansas in Plain Dealing, was observed by a Bossier deputy as driving erratically on Highway 3 in Plain Dealing and with only one working headlight. Upon contacting Daniels, the deputy sensed a strong odor of alcohol coming from the driver. Daniels also had slurred speech and performed poorly on the Standard Field Sobriety Test. After Daniels was taken into custody for DWI, the deputy found an opened can of beer along with several unopened cans during an inventory of the vehicle.

Daniels was charged with DWI, open container, careless operation and driving with only one headlight. She was taken to the Bossier Maximum Security Facility and booked, where she refused to submit to the Intoxilyzer breath sample; her bond is set at $1,600.

From Bossier Sheriff's Department

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