Ruston man charged with second DWI

A Ruston man was charged with his second DWI after crashing his car on Ruston’s southside Sunday.

At about 1:15 a.m. Sunday morning, a Ruston police officer was on patrol when he saw a Chevrolet Impala in the ditch at the intersection of South Jones Street and Jackson Ave. He suspected the driver, Lugene Harris, Jr., 42, of Ruston was impaired and summoned Trooper Jordan Walsworth of the Louisiana State Police for assistance

Harris told Trooper Wadsworth he became stuck in the ditch when trying to turn onto Jackson Ave. from Jones St. The trooper detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverages on Harris, who was unsteady and swayed while standing. Harris performed poorly on a series of field sobriety tests.

Walsworth arrested Harris and transported him to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for a breath test. At this point, Harris became agitated and began cursing and refused to sign the rights form relating to the breath test. He refused to submit to the test.

A warrant was obtained from the Third Judicial District Court to acquire a blood sample from Harris. The sample was drawn at the Northern Louisiana Medical Center for submission to the crime lab for analysis. 

Harris had a previous DWI conviction in 2019. 

Bail was set at $2500.

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