DWI cyclist crashes into police car in Minden

MINDEN, LA (AP) - The Webster Parish Sheriff's Office says a bicyclist inching down the center of the road ignored lights and siren and ran into a police car.

The Minden Press-Herald reports that 47-year-old Robert Earl Batton of Minden was booked with second-offense DWI and possessing marijuana.

Calls to Batton's home were not answered Friday.

A sheriff's office press release said a deputy tried to pull Batton over late Saturday after a vehicle almost hit him. The deputy turned on lights and siren, then pulled ahead and got out.

Batton passed the officer and broadsided the police car.

The news release says a breath test registered blood alcohol of .270 percent - more than triple the legal limit.

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