POSTED: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 11:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 11:04pm
BAYOU BLUE, LA (NBC33) — A man was arrested for his fourth DWI after he attempted to run from police during a traffic stop.
The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that the incident happened shortly after 4:00 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15. We’re told the suspect, Kevin Brunet, 43, of Bourg, was driving his vehicle along LA Highway 316 in Bayou Blue. A deputy in the area spotted the car and noticed the driver’s side headlight was off. The deputy initiated a traffic stop, but when Brunet stopped his vehicle, he allegedly got out and started running.
The deputy chased Burnet as he crossed over LA Hwy 182. Officials say Burnet was apprehended after he attempted to scale a wooden fence, but fell and ended up breaking the fence, too.
Once apprehended deputies smelled alcohol on his breath. Brunet refused to submit a breath sample, so a warrant for a blood test was obtained.
“Our deputies have made it clear that if you refuse to submit to a breathalyzer test, we will ask for a search warrant to test your blood alcohol level,” Sheriff Webre, Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, said.
Brunet, who has three prior DWI arrests, was driving with a suspended license from his previous arrest. He was also without insurance for his vehicle. He was arrested and charged with DWI (fourth offense), Resisting an Officer, Driving Under Suspension, No Insurance, No Headlight, and Simple Criminal Damage to Property.
Brunet is currently being held on a bond of $81,400.
This arrest marks the 18th impaired driver arrest in Lafourche Parish over the past four days.