POSTED: Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 5:00pm
UPDATED: Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 5:04pm
CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (NBC33) — A man was arrested in Calcasieu Parish for his fourth DWI offense after he allegedly hit a mailbox.
The Louisiana State Police report that the incident occurred on Friday, Sept. 21 at roughly 3:30 p.m. A Calcasieu Sheriff’s Deputy observed a vehicle swerving on Highway 21 near High Hope Road in Calcasieu Parish. The deputy says the driver then went off the road and hit a mailbox, then got back on the road.
This was the point when the deputy conducted a traffic stop. However, by this point the driver was no longer in the Sheriff’s jurisdiction, so State Police were called in to respond.
The driver, William Allen Shoemake, 37, of DeQuincy, who reportedly has a lengthy driving record, is currently on probation for previous DWI offenses. After conducting a field sobriety test, the trooper arrested Shoemake for DWI (fourth offense), Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License, and Careless Operation. He was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center.
Last year, 43 percent of fatal crashes in our state were caused by impaired drivers. To report impaired drivers, motorists are encouraged to dial *LSP (*577) from their cellular phone or to contact their local law enforcement agency.