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Two Men Arrested for Fourth and Seventh DWI Offenses

Two Men Arrested for Fourth and Seventh DWI Offenses

Two repeat DWI offenders were arrested once again on Monday night in separate incidents. Jessie Joseph III, 30, of Raceland was charged with his seventh DWI, and Austin Richards, 24, of Thibodaux was charged with his fourth offense.

At around 7:30 p.m. on Monday, February 9, deputies responded to a disturbance on Woodland Drive in Chackbay. Upon arrival, deputies discovered a white truck in the ditch near the intersection of Woodland Drive and Maple Street. The owner of the vehicle, Austin Richards, first denied driving the truck at all but later admitted to operating the vehicle in an attempt to drive the truck out of the ditch. Witnesses, however, told deputies they saw Richards drive the truck into the ditch.

Deputies detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage on Richards’ breath and conducted a Standardized Field Sobriety Test on which he performed poorly. He refused to submit a proper sample to the breathalyzer test, and so, deputies obtained a warrant for a blood test, and his blood sample was sent to the State Police Crime Lab to be tested.

Upon searching Richard’s criminal history, deputies discovered three prior DWI charges, and he was supposed to have an ignition interlock device in his vehicle, which he did not. They also discovered his license was currently suspended. Following treatment at the hospital, Richards was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center where he was booked for DWI (4th Offense), driving under suspension, and no interlock device. He is being held in lieu of $56,500 bond as set by Judge F. Hugh Larose.

Then at around 10 p.m. Monday night, deputies responded to a convenience store located on LA Highway 1 in Raceland in reference to a man sleeping in a truck parked near a gas pump. Upon arrival, deputies discovered the man slumped over in the driver’s seat with the engine running. Deputies unlocked the vehicle, shut the engine off, and attempted to wake the driver, later identified as Jessie Joseph III.

Upon deputies’ request, Joseph eventually stepped out of the vehicle, and he was exhibiting signs of possible intoxication. He refused to submit to a field sobriety test or a breathalyzer test. Deputies, therefore, obtained a warrant for a blood test, and his blood sample was sent to the State Police Crime Lab to be tested.

Deputies discovered Joseph to have six prior DWI charges in California. He was arrested and transported to the Detention Center where he was booked with his first DWI offense in Louisiana. He is being held in lieu of $25,000 bond as set by Judge Larose.