A Lockport man was given his 5th DWI after crashing his vehicle into a ditch this weekend.
Around 12:05 a.m. on Sunday, patrol deputies with the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office discovered an SUV which had left the roadway and crashed into a ditch just off La. Highway 1 in Mathews.
Authorities made contact with the driver, identifying him as William Meissner, 59, of Lockport.
Authorities immediately detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath, and he was exhibiting signs of intoxication. There was also an open can of beer in the center console.
Deputies conducted a field sobriety test on the suspect and he performed poorly. He refused to submit to a breath test, so authorities obtained a warrant to have his blood tested. Results are pending at the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab.
Authorities also discovered that Meissner had multiple DWI arrests and had most recently been convicted of his 4th DWI offense in St. Tammany Parish in 2014.
He was arrested and booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex in Thibodaux.
He was charged with DWI (4th and subsequent offenses), possession of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle and careless operation.
Bail is set at $75,250.
Sheriff Webre reminds motorists that Lafourche Parish is a “No Refusal” parish, meaning if a suspected drunk driver refuses a breathalyzer test, deputies will seek a search warrant to have that person’s blood tested as they did in this investigation.