POSTED: Monday, November 5, 2012 - 12:30pm
UPDATED: Monday, November 5, 2012 - 12:34pm
LAKE CHARLES, LA (NBC33) — A 43-year-old man is behind bars for his fourth DWI. His bond was set at $151,500 because he is on parole for a previous DWI offense.
The Louisiana State Police reports that the arrest was made on Saturday, Nov. 3 shortly after midnight. We’re told a trooper spotted the suspect driving erratically on LA Hwy 385 south of McNeese Street in Lake Charles. The trooper conducted a traffic stop and determined that the driver, Jeffery Beniot of Sulphur, was impaired.
Beniot was arrested and taken to Troop D. Reports say he refused to submit a breath sample. However, under the “no refusal” law, a warrant was obtained and a blood sample was taken. It is currently being processed by the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab.
Beniot was arrested for fourth offense DWI, Failure to Use a Turn Signal, and Failure to Wear a Seat Belt. 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. Drive sober or get pulled over.