The first arrest happened early Saturday morning around 2:30am. A Slidell Police officer noticed a red 2002 Saturn swerving on Front Street. When the officer stopped the vehicle, he came into contact with 26-year-old Marjorie Portier. Portier, who just left a party at a bar, exhibited signs of being intoxicated and was placed under arrest. Portier submitted to the breath alcohol test and had a blood alcohol content over twice the legal limit of .08. Portier was charged with First Offense Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Usage.
Less than 24 hours later, a different Slidell Police officer, who was working a Louisiana Highway Safety Commission D.W.I. Grant, stopped Portier early Sunday morning around 1:50am. Portier was speeding down Gause Boulevard, was swerving, and made an improper turn. When the officer came into contact with Portier, she showed signs of being intoxicated. Unbeknownst to the officer that Portier was arrested less than a day earlier, she pleaded with the officer not to go to jail for the second night in a row. Portier, who was once again leaving a party at a bar, submitted the breath alcohol test and had a blood alcohol content over the legal limit. Portier was arrested for Second Offense Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding, Improper Lane Usage, and Improper Turning.
The Slidell Police Department has made 28 Driving While Intoxicated arrests in the past month. This is credited to the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission Grant which pays officers overtime to dedicate their patrol, specifically targeting impaired drivers.