Not guilty plea entered by man who racked up 13 DWI arrests

Not guilty plea entered by man who racked up 13 DWI arrests

DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - A man who has been arrested 13 times for DWI pleaded "not guilty" to his latest charge in court Wednesday morning.

Officials with the 21st Judicial District Court say Jeffery Blough entered the plea and the case was assigned for a motions hearing on July 25. The public defender's office was appointed to represent him.

Although Blough has been arrested 13 times, he only has 3 prior convictions on his record that go back to 1998.

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In March, Blough bonded out of prison after Denham Springs Police mistakenly arrested him on a first offense DWI although he had 11 prior DWI arrests. Two hours after his release from the Denham Springs jail, Blough allegedly caused a second crash,racking up his 13th DWI.

The officer with the Baton Rouge Police Department who worked the second crash noted in the probable cause report that "this crash caused the victim's vehicle to flip upside down. Two victims in this crash incident were both injured and transported to the hospital. One of the victims had serious bodily injuries to the facial area, multiple lacerations and possible broken bones."

The Denham Springs Police Department cited human error as the reason why Blough was able to slip through the cracks.

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