DWI suspect arrested at detention center gate

A Madisonville man with a long history of DWI arrests was arrested at the front gate of the Lincoln Parish Detention Center Sunday evening.

It’s unclear if Brian E. Gitz, 46, was trying to enter the detention center, but he was given a tour of the building, courtesy of Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies.

At about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, personnel at the detention center notified LPSO dispatch of a gray sedan at the front gate and the driver appeared to be intoxicated.

Deputy S. Anunciation-Taylor responded and found Gitz in the driver’s seat of the car attempting to talk to the detention center over the intercom. Gitz smelled heavily of an alcoholic beverage and had red watery eyes. He admitted he had started drinking two hours earlier. 

Gitz was very unsteady on his feet and was moved to the detention center sally port where he began vomiting and increasingly unsteady. He was moved to the booking area where he was no longer able to stand and complained of breathing problems. He refused a breath test.

Gitz was transported to the North Louisiana Medical Center emergency room. Testing at the ER showed a blood alcohol content of .213g%.

Prior to being discharged, Gitz became agitated, rolled out of his bed onto the floor, claiming no one would help him. He refused to get off the floor. After being discharged, he became non-compliant and refused to be handcuffed. When escorted out of the ER, Gitz caused two deputies to run into the sliding exit doors. The doors were dislodged and no longer worked properly. One deputy had to return to the ER for an injury sustained when he struck the door.

A criminal history showed Gitz was convicted of his fourth DWI in Covington in 2019.

Gitz was returned to the detention center and booked for 4th offense DWI, resisting an officer, and simple criminal damage to property.

Bail was set at $35,000.

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