A 55-year-old Addis man under monitored house arrest after a string of DWI offenses was arrested again Tuesday night and booked into West Baton Rouge Parish jail for violating his plea deal.
The arrest marks the 12th time Charles D. Curry, 4390 Peter Messina Road, was arrested while driving under the influence, according to a bill of information filed in the court record. But it was the first time his arrest didn’t involve driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages. Instead, authorities say, he was driving while impaired under the use of prescription drugs.
Curry’s arrest in Port Allen came seven days after he pleaded guilty to fourth-offense DWI in West Baton Rouge Parish. Tuesday’s arrest could land him in prison for the next 25 years.
“He just has a total disregard for the criminal justice system,” Col. Richie Johnson, a West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said Wednesday. “He just can’t follow the rules.”
According to court records, Curry was set for trial last week in the 18th Judicial District Court for fourth-offense DWI in West Baton Rouge Parish in August 2011. Prior DWI arrests were made in May 1991, March 2009 and April 2011.
A bill of information shows Curry has also pleaded guilty to DWI charges in Livingston and East Baton Rouge parishes, dating as far back as 1984.
Johnson said Curry had served previous stints in jail for some of those arrests.
Curry was given a plea deal last week after pleading guilty to fourth-offense DWI, according to court minutes from his April 21 appearance before District Court Judge J. Robin Free.
Curry, who was scheduled for sentencing on May 18, was released from jail on April 21 after posting $50,000 bail, but the court him on house arrest and ordered him to wear an ankle bracelet alcohol sensor.
Court minutes say Curry was permitted to leave his Addis home and drive only to attend church, doctor appointments and go to the grocery store.
When he was arrested Tuesday night, Johnson said, Curry told officers he was visiting his girlfriend in a Baton Rouge hospital.
“He was in violation of being somewhere he wasn’t supposed to be and in violation of consuming a dangerous controlled substance and driving a vehicle,” Johnson said. “He was pulled over by an officer around 6 p.m. yesterday on the Intracoastal Waterway Bridge. (Curry) had committed some traffic violations. The officer recognized him from being in court last week.”
Curry was booked into the West Baton Rouge Jail on Tuesday night on improper lane usage and left lane violation, prison officials said.
Johnson said when the officer informed him about the arrest Wednesday morning, he mentioned Curry seemed to be under the influence although the officer didn’t smell alcohol on his breath.
“I had a urine test done and it tested positive for prescription medications,” Johnson said. “I don’t know how he got it. Honestly, he could have a valid prescription for it, but many of them warn you against driving under the influence.”
Free revoked the $50,000 bail on Wednesday afternoon following Curry’s Tuesday night arrest. Curry will remain in the West Baton Rouge Parish jail until he sentenced on May 18.
He’s facing up to 25 years at hard labor.
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