BELLE CHASSE — An Ascension Parish man was arrested earlier this week in Plaquemines Parish on his sixth driving while intoxicated charge since 1986 and remained in parish jail awaiting bail Friday.
Alois G. Guepet III, 58, who had been wanted since mid-September on a state probation violation for his fourth DWI conviction from 2012, was pulled over about 2 p.m. Wednesday along La. 23 in Jesuit Bend. His Ford pickup truck was swerving and did not stay in its lane, Plaquemines Parish sheriff’s deputies said in a news release Friday. Deputies said they spotted several indicators of intoxication in Guepet, and he failed a field sobriety test.
Cmdr. Eric Becnel, sheriff’s spokesman, said Guepet is suspected of being intoxicated from prescription drug use.
Guepet, 41031 Galvez Ave., Prairieville, was booked into Plaquemines Parish Detention Center in Davant with DWI-fifth offense, improper lane use and outstanding warrants.
Guepet was convicted with fourth-offense DWI in Plaquemines Parish in 2012, sentenced to 10 years in prison, served two years and was released with eight years of probation.
Sheriff’s deputies said Guepet also had been convicted three times in Florida for driving under the influence, in 1986, 1989 and 1997. He also has a fourth DUI arrest in Palm Beach County, Florida, for which he has been wanted since 1998 for failing to appear in court.
Deputies found numerous prescription pill bottles inside Guepet’s truck, including oxycodone, hydrocodone, alprazolam and Seroquel.
Blood and urine samples were taken and sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis, deputies said.