A Louisiana man who was arrested for his fifth DWI last year after running a stop sign and crashing into a ditch has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the crime. According to NOLA.com, toxicology tests revealed the drugs butalbital, clonzepam, norpropoxyphene and paroxetine in the man's system. These drugs are sedatives, benzos, painkillers, and anti-depressants.
In Louisiana, fourth and subsequent Dring While Intoxicated convictions can be punished with up to 30 years in prison. This man received his first DWI in 1990, and he plead guilty to his second in August of 1997. He was sentenced to six months jail time followed by two years probation for the second offense. In June of 1998, he plead guilty to his third and fourth DWI charges. For the third, he was given 3 years, with 2.5 suspended sentence. For the fourth one, he was sentenced to 10 years.
Since his first arrest in 1990, this man was either awaiting trial or incarcerated for a combined total of more than 15 years. He also has charges of domestic battery, child endangerment, and resisting an officer in other Louisiana parishes. He was given 25 years, two of which must be served without benefit of parole, probation, or suspended sentence. He was also fined $5,000 and court costs. The judge "recommended" that he participate in substance abuse treatment while incarcerated.
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