Nov 4, 2012 10:00 PM by katc

Troopers Obtain Search Warrant in Arrest of Motorist for Fourth Offense DWI

On November 3, 2012, at 12:31 a.m., a State Trooper observed a motorist driving erratically on Louisiana Highway 385 south of McNeese Street in Lake Charles. The driver, 43-year-old Jeffery Beniot of Sulphur, was stopped. Troopers determined Beniot was impaired and brought him to Louisiana State Police Troop D for a breath test.

Once at Troop D, Beniot refused to submit a breath sample. A "no refusal" search warrant was obtained and Beniot was transported to an area hospital where blood was drawn. The sample will be submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

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. Beniot, who is on parole for a previous DWI offense, had his bond set at $151,500.

The Louisiana State Police has a process in place, in cooperation with district attorneys and judges in many parts of our state, to request a search warrant in conjunction with a DWI arrest. The circumstances of the arrest may be sent to a judge on duty who reviews the information. If he or she determines probable cause exists, a "no refusal" warrant is issued by the judge. The arrested subject is then transported to a medical facility where a toxicology sample is obtained.



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