SPD officer arrested on DWI charge after wrecking car

Police Chief Ben Raymond puts him on leave, issues a statement

SPD officer arrested on DWI charge after wrecking car
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — A Shreveport police officer has been placed on departmental leave following his arrest.

Officer Tyler J. Potter allegedly drove a 2017 KIA Soul off the road and into a yard in the 2600 block of Lola Lane, where it struck a utility pole, at 2:47 a.m. Sunday, the arrest report shows.

No injuries were reported.

The 24-year-old Shreveport resident admitted to having had five beers and blew a .170 after giving a chemical breath sample, according to the arrest report.

He was arrested at 4 a.m. Sunday at the Police Department then booked into the Shreveport City Jail at 5:57 a.m. the same day on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, booking records show. His bond was set at $900.

Later on Sunday, Police Chief Ben Raymond issued the following statement:

“Shreveport Police Officer Tyler Potter was arrested for suspicion of DWI earlier this morning while our officers were investigating a single-vehicle crash in which he was involved. He will be placed on departmental leave pending further investigation. As with anyone facing criminal charges, Officer Potter will be considered innocent until proven guilty. A full administrative inquiry into the incident will take place following the criminal investigation.”
— Shreveport Police Chief Ben Raymond

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