When someone is spotted driving the wrong way on a one way street in Louisiana, he or she is likely to be stopped by the police. While that is typically cause to receive a ticket for a traffic violation, more problems can arise if the driver is suspected to have been drinking while driving. A wrong-way driver was recently arrested for alleged drunk driving in Thibodaux.
The Thibodaux Police Department reported that a 36-year-old man was traveling the wrong way on a street late one evening. Officers claim that the man seemed to pull over to stop on two occasions, yet drove away both times. Police state that the man stopped near City Hall, where they attempted to conduct a field sobriety test.
Supposedly, the man's blood alcohol content was .419 percent, surpassing the state limit of .08 percent. While at the police headquarters, he apparently exhibited lethargy and impaired coordination. He was transported to a nearby hospital after his BAC was determined to be at deadly levels. He was charged with his second incident of driving while intoxicated.
Charges of drunk driving in Louisiana should not be taken lightly. Even first offenses can result in serious consequences, such as fines, loss of license or even time in jail. Those facing such charges, including anyone with multiple offenses, have the right to present a defense. It is important to have the assistance of a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney in one's corner. A trusted lawyer will work with clients to minimize the negative consequences on their lives.
Source: wgno.com, "Man with .419 BAC gives up on field sobriety test, tells police he's 'going to jail anyways'", Jan. 30, 2018