Sulphur man gets 15 years for multiple fourth-offense DWIs

By By Johnathan Manning / American Press

A Sulphur man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday morning for multiple fourth-offense DWIs.

John Hufstedler, 40, pleaded guilty to

fourth-offense DWI and admitted to probation violations on two other

fourth-offense

DWIs. Judge Ron Ware sentenced him to to 15 years in prison on

each offense, to run concurrently, with credit for time served.

Ware also told Hufstedler that he must complete a treatment

program.

Hufstedler has been at Calcasieu Correctional Center of the Academy of Training Skills since his last DWI arrest, in October

2011.

When Louisiana State Police stopped to

help a motorist on the side of the La. 385 on Oct. 2, 2011, troopers

found Hufstedler

unconscious and slumped against the door, with his foot on the gas

and the car in neutral, DWI prosecutor Lester Robertson

said while reading the statement of facts. Beer was found in the

car and Hufstedler exhibited an “extreme” level of impairment,

the prosecutor said.

Hufstedler was previously convicted of two counts of fourth-offense DWI on June 1, 2009; two counts of DWI third-offense on

Jan. 24, 2005; and one count of DWI on June 19, 2003 in Cameron Parish, Robertson said.

Late in the day, Ware sentenced a Lake

Charles man to 12 years in prison, with all but four years suspended,

for a fourth-offense

DWI.

Chad Alan Broussard, 28, pleaded guilty to the fourth-offense DWI and admitted to two probation violations.

Broussard will be given credit for time served, but will be on supervised probation for five years after his prison term and

will have to pay a fine of $2,000, Ware said.

According to court testimony, Broussard walked out of a Baton Rouge treatment facility and out of the Academy of Training

skills, after which he left the country.

“I wasn’t planning on coming back,” Broussard told Ware.

But, he was arrested at the border attempting to re-enter, according to court testimony.

Broussard did not appear for a September 2013 trial date, and was incarcerated in Texas from Oct. 1 until Oct. 12, when he

was extradited to Louisiana.

Broussard was arrested for a fourth-offense DWI by Sheriff’s deputies on Nov. 26, 2012, Robertson said. Broussard passed an

alcohol test, but refused to give urine for a drug screen, the prosecutor said.

Broussard was previously convicted of two DWIs on June 4, 2010, and another DWI on Aug. 16, 2007 in Cameron Parish, Robertson

said.