Calcasieu

Aug 26, 2013 4:00 PM by KATC

Man accused of second 4th DWI, tampering with an interlock device

A 33-year-old Sulphur man is accused of 4th DWI for the second time.

According to a news release, On August 24, around 7:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Deputy Joshua LeDoux responded to the intersection of Chalkey Pines Road and E. Houston River Road in Sulphur regarding a report of a suspicious vehicle.

When the deputy spoke with the driver of the vehicle, Michael P. Miller, 33, 2930 Joel Road, of Sulphur, he detected a strong odor of alcohol emitting from his breath and also observed an open alcoholic container inside the SUV.

Deputy LeDoux also discovered an unplugged Ignition Interlock Device, on the passenger seat of the vehicle. An Ignition Interlock Device is used much like a breath intoxilyzer, requiring the driver to submit to a breath sample prior to starting the vehicle. If the result is greater than the pre-programmed level, the device prevents the vehicle from being started.

After Miller performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit. Miller, who was convicted of DWI 4th in 2011, was booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with a second DWI 4th; tampering with an interlock device, and open container.

Bond was set at $205,500.

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