January 31, 2013

Alleged convicted man, Eric C. Davis has always been a thorn in the neighborhood that 25 of his neighbors in Metaine’s Melanie Avenue that they twice petitioned a judge and a councilman to imprisoned him for several years. His neighbors have been irritated by his alleged drunk driving. Letters sent to a judge and their councilman in Jefferson Parish petitioned that Davis be treated like other criminals with past records, be incarcerated for many years and revoke this probation.

In August of1997, Judge Joan Benge was asked to revoke his probation for DWI. Benge acceded to the petition and gave him a sentence for seven years while she suspended all except three years for what was remaining of his fifth DWI conviction. This conviction falls under the 10th DWI arrest of Davis.

Last week, just two days prior to Davis 50th birthday, he was charged for the sixth DWI and arrest for driving under the influence using anti-anxiety medication which will be number 11 of DWI arrest. It was last Thursday when, Judge Henry Sullivan ruled that Davis is sentenced to serve 15 years in prison.

Sullivan told Davis that he has been a danger in the neighborhood. It was not a trial by jury s the Judge gave an outright sentence.

That time Davis was free on bond; so he was taken into custody to start a prison term for which he will not be eligible for parole. His defense attorney is expected to appeal.

Two lawyers of the prosecution reminded the people in court that this is the convicted man’s 11th DWI arrests which started when he was 17 years old.

According to the Sheriff’s Office of Jefferson Parish last Oct. 25, 2010, Davis was operating a Nissan pickup along West Napoleon Avenue when he sideswiped a car and rear-ended another vehicle. The hood of his vehicle popped up due to the impact..

After investigation, Davis was found guilty of hit and run driving and reckless operation of a vehicle. Judge Sullivan sentenced him six months for each charge and ran them concurrent with each other and the 15 years.

Davis conviction was his 4th or more DWI conviction which ranges from 10 to 30 years imprisonment.

Both Police Departments of New Orleans and Jefferson Parish will start conducting will conduct sobriety checkpoints starting Thursday night. This was the latest new release from both agencies in their efforts to minimize drunken drivers. The NOPD did not give specific areas where check points will be placed but Jefferson Parish stated that it will be somewhere on the West Bank. Checkpoints of JP will be conducted from 8:00 0’clock in the evening to 2:00 o’clock in the morning. The Orleans Parish will be conducting its checkpoints from 9:00 o’clock in the evening to 5:00 o’clock in the morning.

Authorities are warning motorists they might experience a certain amount of delays and that they must be prepared to show proofs of their insurance, driver’s license and registration. Authorities said that they given their best efforts to eliminate accidents on the road, specifically DWI but they cannot make people stop drinking and driving.

Grant money has been utilized by New Orleans Police Department to buy vans with mobile sobriety testing device and paying officers overtime to serve as dragnets. For the last four years, DWI arrests have more than doubled. Officials admitted that most crashes involved impaired drivers, high on drugs or alcohol. The results are most often death or critical injury. Despite the crackdown, drunken drivers are stubborn and do not care a damn.

Last year, there were 13 fatalities and 351 injuries caused DWI drivers in Orleans Parish.

Car Accident victims may be entitled to financial compensation for pain and suffering in addition to economic damages.

Please consult with an experienced  car wreck lawyer now for free consultation.

Sources: Nola Com
(http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2013/01/metairie_man_sentenced_to_15_y.html)
(http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2013/02/nopd_jpso_will_conduct_sobriet.html)
(http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2012/10/dwi_arrests_through_the_roof_b.html)