4th DWI lands man in jail

William Dale Nortman


A Beaumont man has pleaded guilty to his fourth DWI.

William Dale Nortman, 53, was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury for driving while intoxicated, his fourth offense and a first-degree felony.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Nortman was pulled over for speeding on Spurlock Road on Aug. 11.

It was then that police noticed Nortman was showing signs of intoxication.

The affidavit said Nortman had slurred speech, glassy eyes and had the odor of alcohol on his breath.

Nortman was given a field sobriety test and after he failed, police said they arrested him, but he refused to give a breath sample.

Due to his previous history of drunk driving, police were able to secure a warrant to take a mandatory blood sample.

When he appeared in Judge John Stevens’ Criminal District court Dec. 6, he pleaded guilty to his fourth DWI and was immediately sentenced to three years in state jail. Nortman’s license has been revoked as a result of the guilty plea.