Law enforcement says that a 25-year-old man stopped his car around 1:00 in the morning in Tigerland on Tuesday. Officials say that it appears the man wanted to talk to some girls. But, the manner in which he stopped caused a number of cars to become backed up.
Baton Rouge Police approached the man to conduct an investigatory stop. Officers say that the young man appeared to be under the influence, and the alleged obstructing traffic issue grew to drunk driving investigation. The man is now facing a string of charges, including a felony DWI charge related to the allegations.
Authorities say that the man refused to submit to a chemical test. Authorities also say that the man has three prior DWI convictions on his record, which may increase the potential penalties a great deal. He is accused of a DWI-fourth offense. The man was processed at the East Baton Rouge Parish prison before being released on $7,500 bond.
Any allegations concerning drunk driving in Louisiana can bring harsh consequences. A person accused of driving while intoxicated can face a loss of driving privileges, jail time, fines and other issues if convicted of DWI. For people with prior DWI convictions on their record, the stakes get higher with subsequent allegations.
Imprisonment with or without hard labor is authorized for some repeat DWI offenses under Louisiana law. For instance a DWI-third offense is a felony that carries a potential sentence of not less than one, and up to five years behind bars. For a fourth offense, a conviction may bring a sentence of 10 to 30 years. Defending against DWI charges at any level may be important in protecting rights.
Source: WAFB, "BRPD: Man arrested for 4th DWI after stopping in roadway to flirt with girls," Jan. 29, 2014