Posted: Mar 19, 2014 5:36 PM by Jason Newton
Updated: Mar 19, 2014 6:59 PM
CLINTON - Authorities told News 2 they hope a man locked up on his seventh drunk driving charge in East Feliciana Parish can't make bail, because of his history of repeated DWIs going back ten years.
James Haynes, Jr., 30, was picked up again Monday night and is charged with his seventh DWI. Now law enforcement in East Feliciana said they're working on a solid case to keep him behind bars for a long time. Haynes was arrested for his sixth and seventh DWI just within the last two weeks.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving said he's a danger to everyone on the road.
"It's just a matter of time before you kill yourself or someone else," said Floyd Johnson, executive director for MADD Louisiana. "So that's one big concern at MADD."
Haynes was stopped and arrested twice this month alongside Highway 67 near Clinton. The first arrest was on March 8. He made the $60,000 bond and was arrested again on Monday.
"We're doing everything we can to get him off the street," said Sam D'Aquila, district attorney for the 20th Judicial District.
D'Aquila said he's working on gathering information on prior arrests to prepare a solid case against Haynes. D'Aquila was busy Wednesday contacting other jurisdictions where Haynes was arrested. More than two DWI convictions equal felony charges. And D'Aquila must prove in court that he was actually convicted on his prior offenses, not just charged with DWI.
"We have him back-to-back," D'Aquila said. "(We) have him March 8 & 17. Two DWI's in front of us right now."
Haynes will have his day in court on April 8.