Lake Charles man charged with fourth-offense DWI

By By Johnathan Manning / American Press

A 39-year-old Lake Charles man was arrested Thursday and charged with fourth-offense DWI, state police said.

Sgt. James Anderson, Troop D spokesman, said John A. Hernandez was pulled over between Lake Charles and Iowa.

Hernandez was charged with vehicular homicide in 2006 but the charges were later dropped.

According to reports at the time, authorities alleged Hernandez was

following the truck of Johnathon Wilson, 33, when he rear-ended

Wilson and caused a three-vehicle crash. Wilson was pronounced dead at

the scene.

On Thursday, troopers responding to reports of a reckless driver

"observed traffic violations including nearly hitting the vehicle

ahead,” Anderson said.

Anderson said it is believed Hernandez was under the influence of narcotics.

Tests will be submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab, Anderson said.

Hernandez was arrested on DWI charges twice in 2011, Anderson said.

Wilson was a friend of Hernandez according to a state trooper’s report filed in court documents.

Prescription drugs were found in the toxicology tests of both

Hernandez and Wilson, according to lab reports filed with the court.

According to the state trooper’s report, Hernandez said he had been

to Houston that morning to obtain prescriptions for Soma and

hydrocodone. The report also said Hernandez claimed he had given pills

to Wilson.

In 2008, Hernandez agreed to spend two years at the Academy of Training Skills and charges were dropped.

Wilson’s mother spoke at the hearing, according to court documents.