DWI charges logged Thursday

Local law enforcement charged two motorists with driving while intoxicated in separate incidents Thursday.

At about 2:30 a.m. Thursday morning State Police Trooper J. Walsworth clocked a vehicle speeding on East Georgia Ave. at 67 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone. Walsworth noted the car was swerving all over the road and crossing the double yellow centerline. 

After the vehicle was stopped, the driver was identified Marricka R. Francis, 21, of Gibsland. Francis showed signs of alcohol impairment and performed poorly on field sobriety tests. She was arrested, taken to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center, and administered a breath test. The test indicated a blood alcohol concentration of .17g%, over double the Louisiana legal limit of .08g%.

Francis was booked for DWI-first offense, speeding, and driving left of center. Bail was set at $3,000.

Thursday afternoon a Ruston man was arrested for DWI after he was involved in a crash at the intersection of the South Service Road and La. Highway 33.

Ruston Police investigated the accident about 4:00 p.m. and found Oren Knighten, III, 47, of Ruston had struck the rear of another vehicle at the stop light. Officers found Knighten behind the wheel of his car and detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverages when he spoke. 

Since he showed signs of impairment, Knighten was administered several field sobriety tests. Based on those tests and the officers’ observation Knighten was arrested and taken to the detention center. A breath test showed Knighten’s blood alcohol level to be .186g%.

Knighten was booked for DWI-first offense, careless operation of a vehicle, expired vehicle registration, and no insurance. Bail was set at $1,500.

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