A West Monroe Man driving drunk with an open container told a Louisiana State trooper that he was "Ubering" on his way to pick up his next rider during a traffic stop.
Last Thursday, around 1:15 a.m., a trooper noticed a red Dodge Charger drifting from lane to lane and off the shoulders on North Sixth Street in Monroe. When the trooper approached the vehicle, the driver, Mark Brandon Walker, was holding a phone out the window showing driving directions and navigation.
According to the trooper, when Walker exited the car he had droopy, bloodshot eyes, low, slurred speech and smelled strongly of an alcoholic beverage. Walker told the trooper he was an Uber driver on the way to pick up his next rider. He submitted to field sobriety tests and was too impaired to drive safely. He refused a breathalyzer.
Walker was arrested and booked into OCC on charges of possession of alcoholic beverages in motor vehicles, improper lane use, operating a vehicle while intoxicate (second offense) and use of wireless telecommunications devices by certain drivers prohibited — exceptions.
The claims Walker made about being an Uber driver have yet to be proven.