Man's fifth DWI lands him in prison

Travis Foret

A Nederland man with a long history of drunk driving was sentenced to prison time Monday, April 21.

Travis Aaron Foret, 30, was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury June 20, 2013 for felony driving while intoxicated, a third-degree felony.

According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by The Examiner, police responded to an area near Jimmy Johnson Boulevard and Twin City Highway as a result of a caller who was following Foret as he “was swerving from lane to lane and almost caused multiple head-on collisions.”

Eventually, Port Arthur police caught up to Foret in the 3600 block of Berry Avenue to find a 3-year-old in the passenger side of Foret’s black pickup and, after asking him to step out, noticed a hand-rolled cigarette with a green, leafy substance police identified as synthetic marijuana, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit said police also found a bag of synthetic marijuana and half a Xanax (alprazolam) in the center console of the truck.

Foret was arrested March 31 and booked into the Jefferson County Jail for DWI, but was released some two weeks later, April 17 apparently due to an administrative error, according to courthouse staff.

When he appeared in Judge Lindsey Scott’s 252nd Criminal District Court Monday, April 21, Foret’s defense presented his client as a consummate working man who was close to his journeyman’s license as a union electrician. If given probation again, Foret’s defense argued he would be able to take his journeyman electrician’s test at the end of May.

But prosecutors and the Jefferson County probation department weren’t about to let Foret off.

According to prosecutors and police, Foret has at least four prior DWI convictions beginning in 2007, the last of which he pleaded guilty to in November 2013, making this his fifth conviction after he pleaded true on Monday to allegations that he didn’t conform to probation orders when he was placed on 10 years probation last year.

What’s more, according to Judge Scott, Foret also has at least nine arrests for public intoxication, at least nine traffic violations and four citations for failure to appear.

“Frankly, I don’t see how anyone thought it was OK to put you on probation,” said Judge Scott moments before sentencing Foret to eight years confinement in state prison, two years less than was allowed by law, according to Judge Scott.

As he was placed in handcuffs and led from the courtroom, Foret angrily insisted he would appeal Judge Scott’s ruling and would win.

“Keep talking,” replied Judge Scott. “There’s another two years here.”