Jan 23, 2014 7:54 PM
We have a clarification tonight from the Attorney General's Office after a Lake Charles man was charged with his 4th offense DWI in Lafayette.
29-year-old Alexander Miles remains in jail tonight in Lafayette on a $100,000 bond after police say he caused an accident Tuesday afternoon on Johnston Street. His blood alcohol level was allegedly .312, and he was on his way to rehab.
Our investigative team began pulling court records and questioned why 29-year-old Alexander Miles was charged with both a 2nd offense DWI and a 3rd offense DWI for the same traffic incident in March of 2013. The Attorney General's office is prosecuting this arrest because the District Attorney's Office recused themselves from the case (Miles is related to the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney). The Attorney General's Office responded today, saying both of those charges do stem from the same incident.
Essentially, Miles was charged for a 3rd offense because it was his 3rd DWI arrest. However, he pled down to a misdemeanor charge for the first arrest, so he's only convicted of one DWI. This means the March 2013 case is being tried as a 2nd offense DWI case, not a 3rd offense as he was initially charged.
He's scheduled to go to trial for the 2nd offense DWI charge in Lake Charles next week. If convicted in that case, it would mean he would face a 3rd offense charge in Lafayette, not the 4th offense as initially charged.
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