From the sound of this article in today’s Baton Rouge Advocate, sometimes the truancy officers in East Baton Rouge Parish can get wrapped a little tight around the axle.
And the situation doesn’t appear to improve with alcoholic libations, either.
One such officer, a lady named Catherine Conrad, pulled a two-fer over the weekend – first getting arrested for DWI and a few other charges late Friday night, then – after bonding out of East Baton Rouge Parish Prison – getting picked up on Sunday for felony stalking and disturbing the peace.
The first arrest was, shall we say, eventful.
According to the Jan. 15 and Jan. 16 probable cause reports, at about 11:47 p.m. Friday, an East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputy was called to the 9500 block of Lake Forest Drive to help another deputy in the traffic stop of a 2009 silver Nissan Rogue driven by Conrad.
Deputies said they “smelled a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from her breath,” the reports said.
A deputy said Conrad had stopped her SUV in the road, blocked traffic and was revving the engine, the reports said.
Conrad told deputies that another deputy, who was off-duty, lived in a house on the street.
She said she was revving her engine “in my little moulin rouge to get the attention of that no good deputy that lives on the corner,” according to the affidavit.
“I want to file a complaint against that no good deputy; he’s just inside the house when he should be enforcing the law,” it said.
Conrad also asked to speak to a supervisor and, using profanities, told the arresting officers, “You deputies don’t know who … I am. I have friends in high places and when I speak to my boss and (East Baton Rouge District Attorney) Hillar Moore and your boss (Sheriff Sid Gautreaux) I will make sure your jobs are over.”
Deputies gave Conrad a field sobriety test, which she failed.
She was then handcuffed and taken to State Police Troop A offices on Perkins Road near Highland Road where deputies planned to give Conrad a chemical test, the reports said.
After a couple of minutes, Conrad refused to finish the test.
Deputies also asked her to take a blood or urine test to determine if she had taken any narcotics, but Conrad also refused that test, the reports said.
A little after 6 a.m. Saturday, deputies placed Conrad in the back of a patrol car and drove her to the Parish Prison.
During the ride, Conrad told the deputy who was driving, “I know you have kids and they are not perfect, and when they screw up and come across my desk, I’m going to go out of my way to make sure they are punished,” the reports said.
“I’ll never forget your name and I’ll make your life, your wife’s life and especially your kid’s life hell,” she said.
Conrad’s last statement to that deputy was, “Y’all need to do something about the black crime in this parish and leave the white women alone.”
She refused to get out of the patrol car and had to be removed by female prison staff.
Conrad made an obscene gesture to deputies as she was being hauled away, the reports said.
And then on Sunday, Conrad was back at it with the deputy, with negative results.
On Sunday, Conrad was arrested again at about 4:10 p.m.
The deputy whose attention Conrad said she was trying to get Friday night when she was revving her engine reported Conrad was following him and his family too closely in her vehicle, the reports said.
The deputy said he had filed a report against Conrad on Friday over the disturbance near his house.
After Conrad followed his car Sunday, the deputy said, she began honking her horn, causing residents to come out of their homes, the reports said.
When she was arrested Sunday, Conrad told deputies investigating the case that she was not following anyone.
Instead, she said, she was back on Lake Forest Drive taking “pictures of a vehicle,” the reports said.
Conrad’s boss said it’s “highly questionable” whether she’ll return to her job working with public school kids.
You’d have to figure there’s another side to this story, and it’s probably fascinating. Either that, or Miz Conrad is, as they say, nucking futs.