Man arrested on fifth DWI, driving with fake license plate

Man arrested on fifth DWI, driving with fake license plate
Morris Bernard (Source: Baton Rouge Police Department)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge man was arrested and faces a string of charges, including his fifth DWI offense after police responded to a Saturday crash, according to authorities.

The Baton Rouge Police Department said officers responded to a call about a crash involving four vehicles at the McClelland Drive and Hollywood Street intersection.

Once police arrived on the scene, they noticed Morris J. Bernard, 56, sitting in the driver's seat of his vehicle and appeared to show signs of intoxication, according to his arrest warrant.

Bernard had an open aluminum can of beer at his feet and a hand-rolled cigarette of what authorities believed to be synthetic marijuana, the police department reported.

Police arrested Bernard and charged him with driving while intoxicated. The man submitted a breath alcohol test, which concluded that he had consumed about two cigarettes of synthetic marijuana before driving, according to his arrest report.

In addition, police reported Bernard having a fake Louisiana license plate and not having insurance.

Police said Bernard was also driving with a suspended license from a prior DWI charge.

The Baton Rouge Police Department gave Bernard the following charges:

  • DWI fifth offense
  • Reckless driving
  • Disobey traffic control devices
  • Failure to reg. vehicle
  • License plate required
  • Operating vehicle while license suspended for prior DWI
  • Open container in a motor vehicle
  • Possession of synthetic marijuana

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