Calcasieu Sheriff’s deputy fired after refusing to cooperate with DWI investigation

Calcasieu Sheriff’s deputy fired after refusing to cooperate with DWI investigation
Melissa Romero (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)

LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - A Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Deputy has been fired after she refused to cooperate with an Internal Affairs investigation into a single-vehicle crash, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Spokeswoman Kayla Vincent says deputies were dispatched to investigate a single-vehicle crash involving a Sheriff’s Office vehicle near the intersection of E. Burton St. and Goodley Rd. in Sulphur around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020.

There, deputies arrested Sheriff’s Office deputy Melissa Romero for DWI 1st refusal. Romero was off-duty when the incident occurred.

Sheriff Tony Mancuso fired Romero this morning after she refused to cooperate with the Internal Affairs investigation into the incident. Romero had previously worked as a Corporal on Patrol and had been with the department for 14 years.

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