Complaints of reckless driving lead to arrest in Orange

Caleb Sonnier

Officers in Orange arrested a man for driving recklessly after receiving complaints from other drivers, and they discovered the suspect was also in possession of synthetic marijuana.

Orange Police Department Officer Veronica Woodle reports that she was dispatched to an area of Interstate 10 West in Orange at about 10:45 a.m. on Nov. 1 in reference to a Terminix truck speeding, swerving in and out of lanes and generally causing unsafe driving conditions. Police received "several calls" complaining about the commercial pickup truck, according to Officer Woodle.

Woodle located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. The driver, identified as 25-year-old Caleb Sonnier of Wallisville, reportedly told the officer he was searching for Lumberton and looking at his GPS, the reason he said he was swerving. According to Woodle, Sonnier's reponses to her questions were "slow and delayed," and she believed him to be under the influence of some unknown substance.

Although a field sobriety test proved inconclusive, Woodle stated in her report that she was concerned and did not feel it safe to allow Sonnier to drive. She then contacted Sonnier's supervisor and advised that the vehicle would need to be collected. Woodle reported that Sonnier was going to be released to his supervisor, but after a pat down search of the suspect, officers discovered a small bag of "Kush, Fragrant Potpourri," a well-known type of synthetic marijuana. Sonnier was arrested for reckless driving and violation of a city ordinance and was transported to the Orange County Jail.