Bossier Parish Police Jury member Rick Avery formally apologized to his cohorts last week for actions that put him squarely in the middle of a controversy that has been widely reported in the media.
“I apologize for what happened with me. I have never intentionally embarrassed this jury or this parish,” Avery said during jury member remarks. “I did something I shouldn’t have done. That’s my fault and I take responsibility.”
Avery said jury members “…should not have to wreak the wrath of this…” after news of the incident spread.
A little over a week ago, Avery was taken to Bossier City police headquarters for suspicion of DWI after his vehicle was seen weaving in and out of traffic on Benton Rd. Police video tape showed Avery threatening the jobs of police officers and making a racial slur about an officer.
Avery was released from police custody without being charged. At the time, he said he had been working at his farm and drank a beer before starting home. The combination of alcohol and a medication he was taking caused him to act irrationally, he said.
“In my defense, I met with my physician last week and he watched the video,” Avery said. “He called the result of what happened a blackout because one minute I was patting people on the back and ten seconds later I was cussing them out, calling them these horrible names.
“I’m sick about it. The doctor said it’s the typical side effect of that medicine. The medicine bottle is clearly labeled but since it’s a non-narcotic I didn’t read the label. I should have. It was my fault and I accept responsibility,” Avery said.