Man charged with third-offense DWI

Jose Hernandez-Padilla. (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)
Jose Hernandez-Padilla. (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)

A Houston man has been charged with third-offense DWI following a traffic stop by deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.

Authorities say they observed a car swerve into the opposite lane of travel several times before stopping in a parking lot near the intersection of E. Prien Lake Road and Ryan Street in Lake Charles.

After the vehicle came to a stop, deputies approached the car and found the driver with his head slumped over and his foot on the brake, the car still running.

Deputies spoke with the driver, identified as 43-year-old Jose Hernandez-Padilla of Houston, Texas, and detected the strong odor of alcohol on his breath.

Authorities report Hernandez-Padilla appeared unsteady on his feet and that his speech was slurred. He advised the CPSO deputies that he had been drinking and had consumed prescription pills. Deputies recovered an alcoholic beverage from his car.

Hernandez-Padilla was administered a standard field sobriety test and performed poorly. He was arrested and taken to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test confirmed that he was over the legal limit.

He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center on charges of DWI 3rd and open container of alcohol inside a vehicle. Bond was set at $7,600 by Judge Kent Savoie.

According to the CPSO, Hernandez-Padilla has two prior DWI convictions with the past 10 years.

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