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Westlake, Sulphur men booked on 4th offense DWI for the second time

David G. Prater (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office) David G. Prater (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)
Michael P. Miller (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office) Michael P. Miller (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)
CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

Two men have been booked on fourth offense DWI for the second time, according to a news release from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.

David G. Prater, 58, of Westlake, and Michael P. Miller, 33, of Sulphur, are accused in separate cases.

Authorities said Prater, who has a prior vehicular homicide conviction, was arrested around 10 p.m. Friday following a traffic stop near the intersection of Davis Road and Goss Road in Westlake. A deputy spotted a pick-up truck swerving onto the shoulder and into the opposing lane of travel several times.

"When the deputy approached the truck and spoke with the driver, Prater, he detected a strong odor of alcohol emitting from his breath, along with slurred speech and he appeared very unsteady on his feet," the release states.

Authorities said Prater refused to perform a standard field sobriety test and also refused to submit a breath intoxilyzer test. 

Prater was convicted of vehicular homicide and DWI fourth offense in 2006.

He was booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI fourth offense, careless operation and no driver's license.

Bond was set at $252,000.

Authorities said Miller was arrested for the second time on a fourth offense DWI on Saturday.

At around 7 p.m., authorities said a deputy responded to the intersection of Chalkey Pines Road and E. Houston River Road in Sulphur regarding a report of a suspicious vehicle. 

Authorities said when the deputy spoke with Miller, the driver of the vehicle, a strong odor of alcohol was detected.

An open alcoholic container was also observed as well as an unplugged Ignition Interlock Device on the passenger seat of the vehicle. 

"An Ignition Interlock Device is used much like a breath intoxilyzer, requiring the driver to submit to a breath sample prior to starting the vehicle. If the result is greater than the pre-programmed level, the device prevents the vehicle from being started," the release states.

Miller failed a field sobriety test and authorities said a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit. 

Miller, who was convicted of DWI fourth offense in 2011, was booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center on a second DWI fourth offense, tampering with an interlock device and open container. 

Bond was set at  $205,500.

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