February 1st the first day of the month in which pitchers and catchers report, Major League Baseball yawns and stretches in preparation for 2019 and championship hopes are reborn, McNeese has been working out several days already and tomorrow is Groundhog Day plus the anniversary of the last concert Buddy Holly ever gave.

It's a chilly month that began in Lake Charles with a Bang.

Most of us were still asleep this first day of the second month when at 5 am a Trooper assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop D stopped a suspected impaired driver on Common Street approaching Gayle. Inside the 07 Chevy pickup the driver Julio R. De Los Rios from Donna, Texas, was asked to step out of his truck for a field sobriety test.

The Mortal Fight Started During Field Sobriety Test

During the test, De Los Rios became physically combative and actively fought the trooper who discharged his weapon during the course of the altercation though the bullet did not strike De Los Rios.

LSP-De Los Rios Attempted Murder 1 Feb 19

Judge Issues No Refusal Warrant

The Trooper prevailed and took De Los Rios into custody with no injuries (the Trooper later was treated at an area hospital for injury) but when at the jail the subject refused to provide a toxicology sample. When he heard the details of the arrest the on-call judge approved a no refusal warrant that allowed Troopers to obtain samples without De Los Rios consent. A noisy spectacle I'm sure.

The List of Charges

Twenty-five-year-old Julio R De Los Rios has been charged with attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, resisting an officer by battery, second-degree battery, DWI second offense and improper turning at an intersection.

Held at the Calcasieu Correctional Center, his bond has been set at $115,000. The Lake Charles Police are assisting in the investigation.