Man refuses breath test, blood sample taken

A DWI suspect who refused to take a breath test had to provide a blood sample after a judge issued a search warrant.

Shortly after midnight Thursday, a Lincoln Parish sheriff’s deputy stopped a vehicle on Cooktown Road for traffic violations. When the deputy observed the driver appeared to be impaired, he requested a state trooper assist.

Trooper Jordan Walsworth responded and conducted several field sobriety tests that had to be terminated because the driver, Evan A. Fertitta, 22, of Shreveport nearly fell several times. Fertitta reportedly said he could not perform the tests. He was arrested and transported to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center.

Walsworth explained the rights form for chemical tests for intoxication to Fertitta who refused to sign it. When directed to take a breath test, Fertitta refused. A search warrant was obtained from a district court judge to draw blood from Fertitta for testing. 

Fertitta was taken to the Northern Louisiana Medical Center where a blood sample was secured. Results of tests of the sample are pending.

Fertitta was returned to the detention center and booked for driving while intoxicated, improper lane usage, and driving left of center.

Search warrants in DWI investigations, once rare, are often used now when suspects attempt to thwart evidence collection by refusing breath tests. The process has been upheld in the courts and in many jurisdictions, blood tests have become the established procedure for testing for alcohol impairment.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.  

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