Judge cracks down on multiple-DWI offender
BATON ROUGE - A man who's been busted five times for drinking and driving went before a judge in Baton Rouge today.
Jacob Achee's most recent arrest was this week in Baton Rouge. Only two of his five arrests have been after his 21st birthday, and that record raised red flags with both District Attorney Hillar Moore and the judge, who ruled Achee would have to get a breath monitor attached to his car before he could continue driving.
"Once she reviewed the documents that she had before her, she chose to increase the bond and make certain conditions," East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore told News 2.
Achee had already bonded out of jail, so he'll have to pay the difference on the increased bond. News 2 obtained Achee's driving record, which shows no record of his license ever being suspended. Moore says Achee may have gone through an administrative hearing at the DMV, which may be the reason he still has his license.
So why was Achee able to drink and drive so many times? Moore said the circumstances of a first offense can sometimes lead to minor penalties, and that Achee's three juvenile DWI arrests didn't carry over into his adult record.
If Achee is convicted of a second adult drunk driving arrest, he could face jail time.