Lutcher Man Sentenced to 5 Years for DWI 3rd Offense

          On December 10, 2018, Thomas North of 2618 N King Ave. Lutcher, LA., age 40, pled guilty to DWI 3rd Offense. North was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Adam Koenig, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Jessie LeBlanc.

          On May 12, 2018, a uniformed patrol officer with the Gramercy Police Department detected a vehicle via radar traveling at 62 MPH in a 45 MPH posted speed zone in the Gramercy city limits. The officer executed a traffic stop on the vehicle. Upon making contact with the driver of the vehicle who was identified as Thomas North, the officer detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from North’s person. North was staggering while walking and showed obvious signs of impairment. North was given an opportunity to submit to a series of Standardized Field of Sobriety Tests which he refused. North was arrested and transported to the St. James Parish Detention Center where he was given an opportunity to submit to a chemical breath test which he also refused. North was subsequently booked accordingly.

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

          On April 8, 2019, North appeared before Judge LeBlanc for sentencing. North was sentenced to 5 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served. It was ordered that at least 1 year of the said sentence is to be served without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.