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03-13-12, 11:24 PM #1
Didn't I tell you guys nobody gives a shit about DWI in Louisiana? Well about that.
Causeway bridge jumper booked with DWI for 8th time
By Claire Galofaro, The Times-Picayune
After he was plucked from the 60-degree water of Lake Pontchartrain on Sunday afternoon, a 44-year-old Folsom-area man who had leapt off the Causeway bridge during a traffic stop was booked into the St. Tammany Parish jail, marking his eighth arrest on drunken driving charges.
Thomas Robert Harter was booked with DWI, resisting arrest, careless driving and as a fugitive from Jefferson Parish on outstanding warrants for a hit-and-run and reckless driving.
A Causeway Police officer stopped Harter around 5:40 p.m. Sunday at crossover No. 4, about halfway across the bridge, after another motorist reported him swerving and speeding. He had been driving northbound.
He immediately got out of the car waving his hands in the air without having been asked to do so, said Causeway General Manager Carlton Dufrechou. The officer asked for his vehicle registration; Harter got back into his car and exited again, holding a pile of paper scraps and a stack of CDs. He was swaying and smelled of alcohol, Dufrechou said, and was wearing a green St. Patrick's Day necklace.
The officer asked him to perform field sobriety tests and Harter agreed. He began the first test, Dufrechou said, but then "bolted" toward the northern edge of the crossover. One officer managed to grab him, but couldn't hold on.
Harter -- wearing jeans, boots and a camouflage T-shirt -- dropped 20 feet into the lake and out of sight. The water was rough, with winds between 15 and 20 mph, Dufrechou said.
When he was stopped by a Louisiana State Police trooper in March 2009, he was originally booked with sixth-offense driving while intoxicated, but the St. Tammany Parish District Attorney pursued a charge of first-offense driving while intoxicated. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years of probation.
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03-14-12, 07:12 AM #2
alot of other places would have reached felony level arleady'Political Correctness is a doctrine fostered by a
delusional, illogical liberal minority, and rabidly
promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which
holds forth the proposition that it is entirely
possible to pick up a turd by the clean end!'
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03-16-12, 11:44 PM #3
8th DWI? sounds like a new DA is badly needed.
How is his drivers license still valid?Wiping the turds of humanity from the ass of society from 1600 to midnight.
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