A Metairie man has been arrested and charged with DWI-child endagerment after Kenner police stopped his vehicle at a DWI checkpoint in the 2300 block of West Esplanade Avenue in Kenner. A young shild was in the car’s back seat, according to police.
After stopping the vehicle at the checkpoint, the police officer asked whether the suspect had consumed any alcohol and the suspect admitted to drinking. The police officer reported that he noticed signs of intoxication: strong oder of an unknown alchoholic beverage coming from the man’s breath and red, blood-hot eyes.
The suspect was asked to exit the vehicle and when he did, according to the police, the man urinated on himself and performed poorly on a field sobriety test. He was brought to jail where, according to police, a breath-test indicated that his blood-alcohol level was .192, which is more than twice the legal limit in Louisiana 0f .08.
The child was released to a parent, according to police.
It is important to note that under Louisiana Revised Statutes 14:98, if a child 12 years or younger is a passenger in a vehicle where the driver is charged with DWI the minimum mandatory sentence for 1st through 3rd DWI conviction shall not be suspended and for 4th DWI conviction at least two years of the sentence shall be imposed without benefit of suspension.
If you or anyone you know has been arrested for DWI, call Harmon Smith & Vourvoulias right now at 504-717-2093 for a free case evaluation. Our experienced drunk driving lawyers are available to give you the help you need to protect your rights.