Louisiana's open container law, R.S. 32:300, forbids the possession of open alcoholic beverage containers while motor vehicles are in operation. The law extends to passengers as well as drivers. The law is intended to cut down on drunk driving, but it doesn't cover the legal troubles a Baton Rouge passenger recently had.
The 51-year-old man was charged with DWI, after a pedestrian accident. The defendant was not sitting in the driver's seat at the time of the Saturday night collision. The intoxicated passenger allegedly wrested control of a Chevrolet Impala away from the driver.