Justice of the Peace in Central arrested on DWI after driving car into fence _lowres

Mark Miley

A justice of the peace in Central was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Sunday morning on a drunken driving count after he crashed his Mercedes 350 into a barbed-wire fence along Greenwell Springs Road.

Mark Miley, 42, 18652 Loch Bend Ave., faces counts of first-offense DWI, careless operation and having an open container of alcohol in his car. He posted bail and was freed later Sunday.

Miley was elected justice of the peace for Ward 3, District 1 in April 2009 and was re-elected without opposition in 2014. He is a lawyer and serves as city clerk for the city of Central.

According to his arrest report, Miley was discovered by a Baton Rouge police officer about 4 a.m. in his car at the intersection of Greenwell Springs and Alphonse Forbes roads, the keys still in the ignition, the gear in drive and the motor running.

State Police arrived at 4:12 a.m. and began interviewing Miley. According to the report, Miley said he was driving home after being at a friend’s house where he had a few beers. State Police found a nearly empty bottle of Crown Royal and a 2-liter bottle of Diet Coke on the front passenger seat.

Miley failed a field sobriety test and his blood-alcohol content was 0.136 percent, according to the report. In Louisiana, a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent is presumptive evidence of drunken driving.

State Police said Miley attempted to turn right onto Greenwell Springs and took the turn too widely, crossing a ditch and hitting the barbed-wire fence, according to the report.

A message left at Miley’s law office Monday seeking comment was not returned.

Judges, including justices of the peace, who are arrested, even for misdemeanors such as DWI, can face a range of potential disciplinary action, ranging from censure to removal from office. Any action, however, is at the discretion of the state’s Judiciary Commission, which makes disciplinary recommendations, and the Louisiana Supreme Court, which rules upon those recommendations.

Editor’s note: This story was changed June 22, 2016, to correct the spelling of Miley’s name in the third paragraph.