On September 25, 2017, Shannon Cummings of 18165 John Broussard Rd. Prairieville, LA., age 39, pled guilty as charged to DWI 3rd Offense. Cummings was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Phil Maples, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Thomas Kliebert. Per Judge Kliebert, sentencing was deferred pending a Pre-Sentence Investigation. This guilty plea stems following a January single vehicle crash.
On January 15, 2017, troopers with Louisiana State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on LA 935 North of LA 22 in Ascension Parish. Upon arrival, troopers initiated a crash investigation and determined that the vehicle driven by Shannon Cummings, was traveling Southbound on LA 935 when the vehicle veered off the right side of the highway and came to rest in a ditch. Upon making contact with Cummings, troopers observed Cummings to be obviously intoxicated. Cummings advised troopers that she had drank a few beers and smoked a blunt prior to the crash. Cummings submitted to a series of Standardized Field of Sobriety Tests and failed. Cummings was subsequently arrested. While en route to the Ascension Parish Jail, Cummings became belligerent and began acting strange. For her safety, Cummings was transported to a nearby hospital to be evaluated. While at the hospital, troopers applied for a search warrant to seize a blood sample from Cummings. A blood sample was taken and submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. Crime Lab technicians were able to determine that Cummings was under the influence of Methamphetamine and had a Blood Alcohol Concentration of .06g%
On December 12, 2017, Cummings appeared before Judge Kliebert for sentencing. Judge Kliebert ordered that Cummings be committed to the Louisiana Department of Corrections for a period of 5 years with credit for time served. It was further ordered that 3 years of the said sentence are to be served without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.