Bossier police juror apologizes for actions following arrest

Bossier police juror apologizes for actions following arrest
Bossier Parish Police Juror Rick Avery - (R) District 6

BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - Bossier Parish Police jury member Rick Avery formally apologized Wednesday for his actions following his arrest on suspicion of DWI.

"I apologize for what happened with me," he says, "I have never intentionally embarrassed this jury of this parish."

Avery was taken to Bossier City police headquarters a little more than a week ago for suspicion of DWI after his car was seen weaving in and out of traffic on Benton Road.

Police video tape showed Avery threatening the jobs of police officers and reportedly making a racial slur about an officer.

According to a Bossier City Police spokesman, the District 6 representative was released before being booked into jail on any charge. At the time, Avery said he was working at his farm and drank a beer before heading home.

Avery said the combination of alcohol and a medication he was taking caused him to act irrationally.

"In my defense," said Avery, "I met with my physician last week and he watched the video. He called the result of what happened a blackout. Because one minute I was patting people on the back and ten seconds later, I was cussing them out...calling them these horrible names."

Avery said he accepts full responsibility for his actions.

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