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Ascension Parish teacher leaves school, gets charged with DWI

Gonzales Police say that a woman left the scene of an accident at the intersection of Louisiana 30 and Louisiana 44 on Monday morning. Authorities say that the other driver involved in that accident followed the woman to a nearby park. The other driver had called police-- law enforcement responded to the park.

The woman accused of fleeing the scene was investigated for potential drunk driving allegations after police arrived at the park. Authorities say that the woman is a teacher at Ascension Christian High School. Police claim that the woman said she was told to go home shortly after reporting to work Monday morning. The intersection accident occurred a few miles from the school.

Police say that the teacher blew a 0.285 percent alcohol level in a breath test during the investigation. She was arrested on suspicion of felony hit and run, DWI and other offenses. Authorities say that the same woman was arrested for DWI in St. James Parish last summer. Authorities are seeking a second offense charge related to the DWI allegations.

DWI charges in Louisiana may involve different provisions of the statute that addresses operating a vehicle while intoxicated. A second offense, for example, can bring stricter penalties that a first-time DWI offense.

Similarly, many Baton Rouge area drivers may be aware that the presumptive legal limit of impairment is 0.08 percent BAC under Louisiana law. However, higher level readings may bring harsher consequences if a conviction is entered. Similarly, in some drunk driving cases, law enforcement may not only seek to pursue DWI charges, but other offenses as well.

In any of these situations, a person accused has the right to a criminal defense.

Source: The Advocate, "Gonzales police arrest teacher in DWI, hit and run Monday," Ellyn Couvillion, Jan. 14, 2014

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