Clinton man booked on seventh offense DWI

A State Police trooper arrested a Clinton man late Monday on seventh-offense DWI in East Feliciana Parish, the third time the trooper has arrested the man on suspicion of drunken driving since 2011, a State Police spokesman said.

“Troopers can go their whole career without seeing the same person twice and for this trooper to arrest the same guy three times is extremely rare,” Trooper 1st Class Jared Sandifer said late Tuesday.

In all three instances, James Earl Haynes Jr., 30, refused to blow into the breathalyzer, Sandifer said.

State Police would not identify the trooper.

At about 10 p.m. Monday, Clinton Police Department officers contacted the trooper after they stopped Haynes for speeding in a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe on La. 67, north of La. 10, and asked the trooper to conduct a field-sobriety test on Haynes, Sandifer said. The trooper suspected Haynes was intoxicated and arrested him.

The trooper who made the arrest lives and patrols primarily in East Feliciana Parish so law enforcement officials in the parish know him, but Clinton police did not know he had arrested Haynes twice before when they called him, Sandifer said.

Haynes was booked into East Feliciana Parish Jail on counts of seventh-offense DWI, unlawful refusal to submit to chemical tests and operating a vehicle while under suspension for prior offenses for the most recent incident.

In the trooper’s first arrest of Haynes, he stopped Haynes’ 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe on La. 67, north of La. 10, shortly after 3 p.m. June 8, 2011, at a seat belt checkpoint, learned he was driving under a suspended license and suspected he was intoxicated, Sandifer said.

The trooper booked Haynes in the East Feliciana Parish Jail on counts of fifth-offense DWI and driving with a suspended license.

In the trooper’s second arrest of Haynes, he stopped Haynes for speeding on La. 67, south of Clinton, in a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe at 1:30 a.m. March 8, Sandifer said.

Again, the trooper suspected Haynes of being intoxicated and booked him into the Parish Jail on counts of sixth-offense DWI, speeding, careless operation and operating a vehicle while under suspension for a prior offense.

Information on Haynes’ other DWI arrests and any earlier DWI convictions was not available late Tuesday night.

Conviction of fourth-offense DWI and higher could bring a 10- to 30-year sentence.