Man accused of 7th DWI, arrested by same trooper 3 times

A Clinton man was arrested Monday for seventh-offense DWI with three of those arrests made by the same State Police officer.

James Earl Hayes Jr., 30, of Clinton, was booked Monday on seventh-offense DWI in East Feliciana Parish, which also was the third time State Trooper Joseph Nations has arrested the man on suspicion of drunken driving since 2011, State Police spokesman Trooper Jared Sandifer said.

In all three instances, Haynes refused to blow into the Breathalyzer, Sandifer said.

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

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

Haynes was booked Monday 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.

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

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

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

Again, Nations 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.