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Jun 16, 2011 12:23 PM by AP

Judge acquits Rep. Bobby Badon on DWI charge

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A state district judge has ruled that there was no basis for the Jan. 18, 2010, traffic stop that ultimately led a state trooper to arrest state Rep. Bobby Badon on a first-offense DWI.

Judge Herman Clause ruled Wednesday that evidence collected as a result of that stop cannot be used against Badon.

The Advocate reports the trooper stopped Badon for improper lane usage after Badon took a wide left turn and crossed over the fog line near Carencro.

Following the stop, police have said Badon submitted a breath sample, which showed his blood alcohol content was 0.125.

Badon's attorney argued in court that video of the stop and the trooper's own observations clearly demonstrate that his client did not commit the improper lane usage violation.

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