Driver Injured Six in Second DUI Incident
Posted on May 14, 2013 in DUI/DWI
A New Orleans man injured two adults and four children in what local police officers report was his second drunk driving incident that night. Earlier in the evening, Jerry Warren, 32, had driven his car through a fence and into a house on Fairfield Avenue. Deputies were already searching for Warren’s gray Isuzu Trooper when he rear-ended another vehicle just moments after crashing into the house. New Orleans DUI/DWI lawyers report that Warren will face charges on both incidents.
Around 8:00 p.m., Warren smashed his car into the side of a house, stopping halfway into the bedroom. No one was injured, but Warren immediately left the scene, without checking on the residents or identifying himself. Following the homeowner’s description of the vehicle, police caught up with the car about ten minutes later, when Warren rear-ended a car occupied by two women and four children. Warren was speeding when he hit the other vehicle.
The victims in the other car suffered minor injuries in the crash. The children, aged 2 to 5, were all properly secured in the back seat. A 5-year-old girl had pain to her neck, back, and legs; the 4-year-old girl had minor head and back injuries, as well as bruises from impact. The 2-year-old twins, secured in car seats, suffered leg and back pain. The unidentified driver received a head injury, and the passenger suffered injuries to her chest and side. Warren had no apparent injuries.
At the second accident scene, Warren fled on foot from his vehicle, but police officers caught up to him a few blocks away. Police reports indicate that he smelled of alcohol, and was unable to perform a field sobriety test. After a urinalysis, his blood alcohol content was later determined to be at 0.317 percent, four times the legal limit of 0.08. Warren admitted to officers that he had been drinking and taking drugs all day, although he did not specify which types of drugs. Officers found an empty bottle of gin in his car.
Warren has a previous arrest record for possession of cocaine, DWI convictions, possession of stolen property, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Officers charged him at the scene of the accident with DWI-second arrest, six counts of first-degree vehicular negligent injuring, hit and run, improper control of a vehicle, driving without a seatbelt, driving without a license, and driving with an open container of alcohol. He has been held at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center without bail, for violating parole.
New Orleans DWI/DUI lawyers say that the compounded charges Warren will face could lead to a long prison sentence. In Louisiana, drivers who have a previous record of four DUI/DWI charges can be convicted of a felony offense, with a mandatory 75-day jail sentence that could be extended to 30 years. They also face license suspension of up to 2 years, and a possible 40 days of community service.
At Bloom Legal, New Orleans DWI/DUI attorney Seth Bloom offers legal counsel to anyone who has is facing drunk driving charges in Louisiana. Whether a first offense or a compounded charge, Bloom Legal has the resources to represent your case.