Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for March 13, 2014

Trooper’s actions under investigation

State Police are investigating internally whether a trooper violated agency policy in a confrontation early Saturday morning near LSU that led to the trooper being shot with a stun gun by a Baton Rouge police officer.

Baton Rouge police issued Trooper Chase Huval, 29, a misdemeanor summons on counts of simple assault and interfering with a law enforcement investigation in the incident, said Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a Baton Rouge police spokesman.

The confrontation involved Huval and his younger brother, Blake Huval, 26. City police met the brothers after responding to reports of a fight in a parking lot near the 3300 block of Highland Road about 1:20 a.m. March 9, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

When a city police officer asked Blake Huval to put down “a large bottle,” Blake Huval replied, “What are you going to do if I don’t put it down?” according to a city police affidavit.

Chase Huval, who joined State Police in 2008, then stepped in and shoved one of the city police officers, the affidavit says, prompting the officer to shoot the trooper with a stun gun.

Blake Huval then tried to defend his older brother, swinging wildly at officers.

City police eventually restrained Blake Huval, 5971 Larch Meadow Circle, Greenwell Springs, and booked him into Parish Prison on counts of aggravated assault, battery of a police officer, resisting an officer by force, disturbing the peace and public intoxication, booking records show.

State Police placed Chase Huval on paid administrative leave following the confrontation, while Internal Affairs investigates whether Huval violated any State Police policies during the incident, said Capt. Doug Cain, a State Police spokesman.

Authorities book four on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least four people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Dixie Ball, 24, 5067 Amberlynn Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, disobeying a red light, improper left/right turns and reckless operation.
  • Susan Picard, 46, 211 Hoyt Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, operating a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license, improper lane usage and disobeying a red light.
  • Joseph Raby, 52, 10117 Ave. I, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation and failure to maintain control of a vehicle.
  • Blair Trahan, 21, 103 Sidney St. Lafayette, first-offense DWI and obstruction of a highway.

Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.