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Richard Miller

GONZALES — An Ascension Parish man found intoxicated in his car one fall morning in 2016 was sentenced to 10 years in state prison after his fifth conviction for driving while intoxicated, prosecutors said Friday.

Richard Miller, 63, who had four prior DWI convictions and a January 1994 conviction in East Baton Rouge Parish for vehicular homicide, was sentenced this week by District Court Judge Thomas Kliebert Jr., prosecutors saud in a news release. 

Ascension Parish sheriff's deputies had found Miller sleeping behind the wheel of a 2008 Chrysler Sebring with the engine running about 6 a.m. on Oct. 16, 2016, parked in the middle of West 9th Street in Donaldsonville, prosecutors said.

Miller refused to perform a field sobriety test or take a chemical breath test, prosecutors said.

Miller later told a deputy he had to urinate and, despite being told to wait, did so near the patrol deputy's vehicle, a plea agreement says.

Miller later fell asleep during an interview with deputies and was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales for evaluation. Deputies were never able to obtain a blood-alcohol level for Miller. However, after he was medically cleared, he was booked with DWI fourth or subsequent offense, obscenity and other counts, prosecutors said.

Miller, 5267 Galaxy Blvd., Darrow, pleaded guilty to the DWI fourth or subsequent offense court Oct. 24 in a plea agreement with Assistant District Attorney Phil Maples.

Kliebert made two years of Miller's 10 years in prison without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence. Miller must also serve five years of probation after his release from prison. 

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