A man who reportedly failed to pay for his food ended up under arrest after two Webster Parish Sheriff’s deputies saw him leaving the restaurant.
Deputies John Lewis Jr. and Marshall Merritt conducted a traffic stop on Highway 80 at Nicky’s Mexican Restaurant in Dixie Inn when the man, identified as Travis Ray Phillips, 29, of the 6100 block of Columbia Road in Magnolia, Arkansas, was seen leaving the Huddle House.
Upon making contact with Phillips, deputies noted a strong odor of what they believed to be alcoholic beverages coming from his person. According to reports, Phillips’ speech was slurred and he appeared to be unsteady on his feet.
Lewis also noted an open container of beer inside the vehicle in the center console.
Deputies said he performed poorly on the field sobriety test and was placed under arrest.
He was transported to the sheriff’s office at the Webster Parish Courthouse where he submitted a breath sample on the Intoxilyzer 5000. The machine showed his blood alcohol content level at .160 percent, according to reports, and the legal limit is .08.
Deputies did not say whether his bill at Huddle House was ever paid.
Phillips was then transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.