Court suspends Creekbaum, then suspends the suspension

   The Louisiana Supreme Court suspended Monroe’s Assistant city attorney for repeated DWIs, then suspended the suspension.

   According to the Louisiana Supreme Court’s official website, On October 5th the Court suspended city assistant city attorney Brandon Creekbaum from the practice of law and then deferred the suspension pending his completion of a recovery agreement.

   The suspension, and the suspension of the suspension, stems from an arrest in March of 2021 in which Creekbaum crashed his vehicle in a ditch and was booked for DWI. It was not his first offense.

   According to the arrest report, officers with the Monroe Police Department were dispatched for a single-vehicle crash. They found a 2016 Toyota Camry in a ditch at North 8th Street and Auburn Avenue with Creekbaum sitting behind the wheel.

They said Creekbaum refused to answer any questions. Officers also reported a strong odor of alcohol coming from Creekbaum and noted he swayed as he stood and had bloodshot eyes.

According to the report, Creekbaum refused to take a breathalyzer test once at the Monroe Police Department.

  He was not suspended from his job with the city of Monroe. He reportedly checked in a rehab program for about a month then returned to his job in the city’s legal department.

   The text of the Supreme Court’s order is as follows:

    “The Office of Disciplinary Counsel (“ODC”) commenced an investigation into allegations that respondent was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Prior to the filing of formal charges, respondent and the ODC submitted a joint petition for consent discipline. 

    “Having reviewed the petition, IT IS ORDERED that the Petition for Consent Discipline be accepted and that Brandon Wade Creekbaum, Louisiana Bar Roll number 33791, be and he hereby is suspended from the practice of law for a period of one year and one day. It is further ordered that this suspension shall be deferred in its entirety and that respondent shall be placed on probation for a period to coincide with the term of his recovery agreement with the Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program. Any failure of respondent to comply with the terms of the agreement may be grounds for making the deferred suspension executory, or imposing additional discipline, as appropriate.
    IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that all costs and expenses in the matter are assessed against respondent in accordance with Supreme Court Rule XIX, § 10.1, with legal interest to commence thirty days from the date of finality of this court’s judgment until paid.”