Motorist charged with third DWI

A deputy with the Lincoln parish Sheriff’s Department arrested a motorist on his third DWI charge early Saturday morning on Burgessville Road.

Deputy J. McHenry observed a Jeep crossed the center line of the roadway on La. Highway 33 and then made a turn on Burgessville Road without signaling. The vehicle crossed the center line two more times before stopping. 

After noticing signs of alcohol impairment, the deputy conducted field sobriety test on Michael Scott Lachney, 37, of Ruston. Based on the result of those sobriety tests, Lachney was arrested for DWI. When the driver was searched, a small amount of suspected marijuana was found on him.

A driver’s license check showed Lachney’s license was suspended, and he had previous DWI convictions in 2017 and 2019. At the Lincoln Parish Detention Center, Lachney refused to submit to a breath test. He was booked for felony DWI third offense, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under suspension, failure to signal a turn, and improper lane use.

Bail was set at $28,000.

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