Police: Man arrested twice in one night for DWI released by mistake, taking measures to correct
BATON ROUGE – Denham Springs Police say the man who was arrested for two DWIs in one night a few weeks ago was released by mistake, and are taking measures to prevent similar incidents from happening again.
Jeffrey Blough, 51, was first arrested in Denham Springs on March 19. Investigators say they showed up to a motel in the city limits where he had been involved in a crash. Blough was taken to the Denham Springs Police Department and charged with DWI, parking in a handicap spot and having an open container. Blough was administered a Breathalyzer test and blew a .183.
Hours after posting $2,000 bond, he was back on the roads again and caused another crash on I-12. Two people were injured.
Police say Blough had been arrested 11 times for DWI, some arrests dating back to the early 1980s.
Glenn Lemoine of the Denham Springs Police Department says the officer misread Blough’s criminal history and charged Blough for a First Offense DWI.
According to the department, the arresting officer and his supervisor acknowledged their responsibility for the booking error and an inquiry into the incident has been conducted.
No evidence of intentional circumvention department policy or state law was found during the inquiry and appropriate disciplinary measures are being reviewed, according to the police department.
The police department says, in an effort to prevent a similar mistake, every Denham Springs Police Officer will participate in mandatory retaining of the proper review of criminal history reports and the laws affecting subsequent charges.
The department also states that the city will request a judicial review of the current bond requirements and restrictions for DWI offenders.