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Mar 22, 2014 5:31 PM by AP

Man says police jailed him on checkpoint criticism

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Baton Rouge-area defense attorney known for criticizing the use of sobriety checkpoints was handcuffed and taken to jail early Wednesday after informing his driver that she could refuse a sobriety test, police say.

Attorney David Rozas, who is representing fellow lawyer Jarrett Ambeau, tells The Advocate that Ambeau was targeted and jailed without cause on a misdemeanor count of interfering with an officer because Ambeau defends alleged drunk drivers for a living.

Rozas says Ambeau believes his Facebook page, called "Baton Rouge DWI Checkpoints," may have contributed to his booking into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a Baton Rouge police spokesman, says police sometimes take people to jail for misdemeanors, but says they don't target people or treat anyone unfairly.

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