Denham Springs man with 12 DWI arrests considered first offender at first of two DWI arrests last weekend _lowres

Jeffrey L. Blough

A Denham Springs man was arrested on DWI twice in one night over the weekend, making them his 11th and 12th arrests for driving while intoxicated in 33 years, a Baton Rouge Police Department report says.

Jeffrey L. Blough, 51, was arrested shortly after midnight Sunday when he was driving a black Chevrolet Suburban westbound on Interstate 12 at Millerville Road and crashed into an outside retaining wall and then struck another vehicle.

Two victims were inside the second vehicle, which flipped upside down during the wreck, and they were taken to a hospital with injuries. One of the victims was seriously injured, with lacerations to the face and possible broken bones, the report says.

Police said Blough was extremely intoxicated and told officers he had consumed two beers and taken multiple prescription medications, the report says. His eyes were bloodshot and his speech incoherent, according to the report.

About three hours earlier, Blough had been arrested in a separate crash while driving intoxicated in Denham Springs, but he had since bailed out of jail, the report notes.

Blough was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on third-offense DWI, reckless operation, first-degree vehicular negligent injuring and vehicular negligent injuring.

According to the report, Blough has also been arrested on DWI 10 other times, including Oct. 10, 2009; June 4, 1998; May 17, 1998; Aug. 23, 1994; March 19, 1993; Oct. 3, 1992; May 4, 1990; Nov. 11, 1984; March 25, 1984; and May 28, 1983, though it is unclear whether he has been convicted on any of the arrests.

In any case, East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar C. Moore said in Louisiana a person must be convicted of DWI within a 10-year period for the charge to affect subsequent DWI arrests.

Blough’s bail was set at $63,500, and he remained in jail as of Thursday evening.