I-20 motorist booked for second DWI

An Alabama man was arrested for his second DWI within a year after numerous motorists called law enforcement to report his driving behavior.

Tuesday evening the Louisiana State Police, Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Ruston Police fielded calls from Interstate 20 motorists reporting a Dodge pickup truck traveling at a high rate of speed and running others off the road.

Ruston Police spotted the truck on I-20 and observed it driving down the center of the roadway taking up both westbound lanes. Officers stopped it on Tarbutton Road.

A Lincoln Parish deputy arrived on the scene and saw indications the driver, James L. Shores, 62, of Birmingham, was impaired. A half-empty pint of vodka was found in his pocket and several empty beers were on the truck’s floorboard.

Shores was arrested by the Sheriff’s Office and taken to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center by deputies for a breath test. Shores refused to provide a breath sample.

A criminal history indicated a prior conviction for DWI in the past year.

Shores was booked for second offense DWI.  Bail was set at $2,500.

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