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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -
A Moss Bluff man is accused of fighting with troopers, according to a news release from Louisiana State Police, Troop D.
Troopers said it happened shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Troopers reportedly received a call from a concerned citizen about a pedestrian jumping in and out of traffic on U.S. 171 near La. 3059 just north of Lake Charles in Calcasieu Parish.
Troopers said they encountered the pedestrian, 21-year-old Michael Paul Gaudin II, near the middle of the highway.
"In an effort to create a safe situation for Gaudin as well as motorists in the area, troopers agreed to give Gaudin a ride in order to get him off the highway. During a safety check of Gaudin for weapons, a suspicious object was discovered in his pocket that prompted troopers to detain Gaudin for further investigation. The object was thought to be drug related," the release states.
Troopers said that Gaudin became combative and hit one of the troopers in the face.
"Troopers deployed a department issued Taser which caused Gaudin to cease his aggression," the release continues.
Troopers said after his release from a local hospital for minor injuries, Gaudin was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center for obstructing a public passage, resisting an officer, felony battery on a police officer, misdemeanor battery on a police officer, simple criminal damage to property, disturbing the peace by public intoxication and pedestrian walking improperly upon a highway.
Troopers said if convicted of all charges, Gaudin faces up to seven years, 270 days in prison plus 24 hours of community service and a fine of up to $4,100.
One of the troopers suffered torn ligaments in his leg and a possible dislocated ankle. The other trooper was not injured.