A Lafayette man accused of driving drunk in a Thursday evening crash that killed a Lafayette woman was already facing trial for third-offense DWI.
Miguel Reyes, 43, is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing in Lafayette district court Feb. 12 in his December 2012 arrest on third-offense DWI, driving with an open alcoholic beverage in the vehicle and driving with a suspended license.
If convicted of third-offense DWI, Reyes could face an upgraded count of fourth-offense DWI in addition to the vehicular homicide count in the Thursday death of 50-year-old Jeanne Tatman.
Tatman was pronounced dead on the scene about 7:30 p.m. after Reyes — who was driving with a suspended license because of his 2012 DWI arrest — ran a stop sign at Broadmoor Boulevard and Robley Drive, crashing his SUV into Tatman’s four-door car, police spokesman Cpl. Paul Mouton said in a news release.
Reyes was booked after receiving medical treatment at an area hospital, Mouton said.
Reyes remained in the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on Friday evening in lieu of $101,000 bail and was also booked on counts of driving with a suspended license and disobeying a stop sign.
The vehicular homicide count will be prosecuted as a crime of violence if Reyes’ blood-alcohol content was 0.20 or greater at the time of the crash. His toxicology report — to be determined from a blood sample — was not completed Friday, although alcohol is a suspected factor in the crash that killed Tatman, Mouton said.
Reyes’ criminal history includes convictions for simple criminal damage to property in 2007 and 1998, disturbing the peace in 1998 and interfering with the duties of a police officer in 1999.
He was arrested in 2000 on a count of issuing worthless checks, in 2009 on a count of aggravated second-degree battery and in 2013 on a count of telephone harassment, but all three counts were dismissed.
Reyes was convicted of second-offense DWI after an August 2012 arrest in Lafayette and for his first offense in March 2005 in Acadia Parish, according to court documents.
He faces five to 30 years in prison and fines from $2,000 to $15,000 on the vehicular homicide count.
Because he has a prior DWI conviction on his record, at least five years of a potential sentence would have to be served without suspension, parole or probation.
A fourth-offense DWI conviction carries a sentence of 10 to 30 years and a $5,000 fine, while a third-offense conviction carries jail time from one to five years and a $2,000 fine.
Follow Lanie Lee Cook on Twitter, @lanieleecook, or call (337) 534-0825.