Gonzales Man Gets 10 Year Sentence for 4th Offense DWI

          On November 27, 2017, James Dixon of 108 E Railroad St. Gonzales, LA., age 46, pled guilty as charged to DWI 4th Offense. Dixon was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Phil Maples, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Thomas Kliebert. 

          On May 8, 2017, officers with the Gonzales Police Department responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 44 near W Mabel Dr. Upon making contact with the driver of the vehicle, James Dixon, officers detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from inside of the vehicle. In addition, Dixon’s speech was extremely slurred. Dixon was transported to the St. Elizabeth hospital where he was treated for moderate injuries. While at the hospital, officers obtained a search warrant for a blood sample from Dixon. Hospital staff obtained a blood sample and it was forwarded by officers to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. Upon released from medical treatment, Dixon was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail. The Louisiana State Police Crime Lab determined that Dixon had a blood alcohol concentration of .25 g%. 

          Upon entering a guilty plea to the above-mentioned charge, sentencing was deferred pending a Pre-Sentence Investigation.  

          On February 27, 2018, Dixon appeared before Judge Kliebert for sentencing. Judge Kliebert ordered that Dixon be committed to the Louisiana Department of Corrections for a period of 10 years with credit for time served, with 2 years of which are to be served without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence. The remaining 8 years of the sentence are to be suspended, and upon release from incarceration, Dixon is to be placed on 5 years supervised probation.