Impaired driver from Texas leads Louisiana State Police on a pursuit


Lake Charles, La. (LSP)– A man from Texas has been arrested for DWI second offense and other charges after leading Louisiana State Police on a pursuit Saturday afternoon. 

On March 30, 2019, shortly before 12:00 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop D began receiving calls about a silver Dodge Charger with Texas license plates traveling west on I-10. The concerned motorists were reporting the Dodge Charger was speeding up, slowing down, and was all over the roadway. A Trooper in the area located the Dodge Charger on I-10 west near I-210 and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The driver later identified as Oscar A. Canales Villatoro, 28, of Amarillo, Texas, refused to stop and led Troopers on a pursuit that traveled north on US Hwy 171. Villatoro was aggressively weaving in and out of traffic, but lost control of his vehicle after striking a curb. Villatoro exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot, but was quickly apprehended by Troopers with the help of a local citizen who was in the immediate vicinity.

Upon arrival at Troop D, Villatoro provided a breath sample revealing a blood alcohol concentration two times the legal limit. Villatoro was charged with DWI second offense, open alcoholic beverage container, flight from an officer, reckless operation, resisting an officer, improper lane usage, no driver’s license, and illegal window tint. He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

In addition to Louisiana State Police charges, a detainer has been placed on Villatoro by federal authorities and additional charges are possible. Agents with the U.S. Border Patrol assisted with the incident.

No injuries were reported and no law enforcement vehicles were damaged. The pursuit lasted about 2 minutes. 

This arrest was made possible because concerned citizens alerted Troopers to the presence of this dangerous driver, possibly preventing a serious crash. To report impaired or reckless drivers, motorists are encouraged to dial (*LSP) or *577 to contact directly or dial 911.

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