Denham Springs man booked Tuesday on third offense DWI, drug counts

A Denham Springs man was arrested on third-offense driving while intoxicated and methamphetamine counts after an off-duty sheriff’s deputy saw him driving recklessly through Watson, State Police said.

The deputy spotted a silver 2005 Nissan Altima running red lights and passing other cars in no-passing zones about 8 p.m. Tuesday, Trooper Jared Sandifer said Wednesday.

The off-duty deputy stopped the vehicle on La. 16 north of La. 1022, and a trooper in the area took over the investigation, Sandifer said.

The driver, 47-year-old David K. Poole, of Denham Springs, refused to perform a field sobriety test, so the trooper arrested him on a count of DWI, Sandifer said.

Searching Poole’s car, the trooper discovered nearly a gram of methamphetamine in two separate bags, as well as several items of drug paraphernalia, Sandifer said. Poole also had a suspended driver’s license.

Poole was booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center on third-offense DWI, running a red light, passing in a no-passing zone, operating a vehicle with a suspended license, manufacture/distribution of Schedule II narcotics, and use and sale of drug paraphernalia, Sandifer said.

A toxicology sample obtained from Poole at the jail was submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.