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Woman celebrates 21st birthday with third DWI

3 years 4 months 3 weeks ago December 30, 2013 Dec 30, 2013 Monday, December 30 2013 December 30, 2013 5:43 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Chris Nakamoto

BATON ROUGE - A woman who recently celebrated her 21st birthday was arrested for third-offense DWI over the weekend.

Booking records show Morgan Rozas bonded out of jail on a $1,500 bail the same day she was arrested. Tonight, questions are being raised over why she still had access to car keys after her first two arrests.

"I would say right now she's practicing to kill somebody," said Floyd Johnson, the director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving in Baton Rouge.

News 2 went digging to find out why Rozas was still able to drive. In February of 2011, she was arrested for her first DWI and cited for having an open container, public possession and careless operation. When Rozas was initially arrested she entered into a pre-trial diversion program. She was required to obtain an ignition interlock device, and successfully copleted the program in June of 2011.  

Then in 2013, Rozas was arrested twice for DWI. In April she was arrested for her second offense DWI, failure to signal, improper turn and improper lane usage. That case is scheduled to go to trial this summer. Over the weekend she was picked up for third offense DWI, speeding and reckless operation.

"This is someone who is re-offending," Johnson said.  "I don't think she should be driving."

Because two of Rozas' DWIs occurred so close to each another, they haven't even been heard yet in the courts. It's little comfort for Johnson, who claims Rozas is putting people's lives at risk.

"When we hear about cases like this, it's really concerning to me," Johnson said.  "It's like this young lady hasn't learned her lesson yet so I don't know what we need to do to bring that home to her."

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