Texas man arrested for 6th DWI in Louisiana

Thomas Fernando Castro | Photo: Louisiana State Police

A Texas man with a history of impaired driving was arrested for his sixth offense DWI early Saturday morning, Louisiana State Patrol said in a release.

On Dec 2, shortly before 2:00 a.m., a state trooper assigned to the “Zero Deaths for the Holidays” DWI enforcement detail observed a 2015 Ram pickup truck speeding on Louisiana Highway 385 in Calcasieu Parish, Sgt. James Anderson said.

Upon contact with the driver, 26-year-old Thomas Fernando Castro of Roscoe, Texas, obvious signs of impairment were observed and Castro was placed under arrest, according to Anderson.

A check of his record revealed five previous DWI arrests and a suspended driver’s license.

Upon arrival at Troop D, Castro refused to provide a breath sample. Details of the arrest were furnished to an on-call judge who approved a “no refusal” search warrant allowing Troopers to obtain a blood sample from Castro at an area hospital.

The sample revealed Castro’s blood alcohol content was over 2 ½ times the legal limit.

Castro was charged with DWI fourth offense (the maximum allowed under Louisiana law), speeding, driving with a suspended driver’s license, driving with an open alcoholic beverage container, and expired license plate. He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

Troopers and other law enforcement officers will be specifically tasked with DWI enforcement this holiday season as part of our “Zero Deaths for the Holidays” DWI prevention initiative. Additional officers will be on patrol thanks to overtime provided by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

As we approach the holiday season, motorists are reminded of the importance of planning ahead and designating a sober driver before driving to any place where alcohol will be consumed. Alcohol can impair visual ability, alter sense of time and space, and affect the fine motor skills needed to safely operate a motor vehicle. Remember, buzzed driving is drunk driving.

Motorists who observe impaired drivers are encouraged to dial *LSP (*577) to reach the nearest Louisiana State Police troop location or to dial 911 to contact local law enforcement.

- Louisiana State Police