Saturday, December 27, 2008

Officer Michael Welch Charged with DWI

A Shreveport police officer has been charged with driving while intoxicated.

Shreveport police officer Michael Welch, 32, was charged Saturday with first-offense DWI, a misdemeanor, in connection with an incident that occurred in the 6200 block of Bert Kouns Industrial Loop.

Welch was off duty but was driving a marked police car when he was arrested, police said.

At approximately 3:30 a.m., Shreveport police received a complaint from a concerned citizen regarding a marked patrol unit being operated in a careless manner on Bert Kouns. Officers were immediately sent to the area and soon found Welch.

According to his booking report, he was found asleep behind the wheel of his police cruiser with the engine still running. After investigation, he was arrested just after 4 a.m. and booked into the Shreveport City Jail. He later was released on a $1,086 bond.

Welch, a three-year veteran assigned to the Uniformed Services Division, of the 6200 block of Bert Kouns, has been placed on administrative leave by Chief Henry Whitehorn pending an internal investigation.

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