Kenner police charge man with 4th DWI offense in 12 years

Published: Jul. 3, 2012 at 5:43 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 17, 2012 at 1:43 PM CDT
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Jonathan Wells (Kenner Police Dept. photo)
Jonathan Wells (Kenner Police Dept. photo)

Kenner, La. - It would have been almost impossible for officers to ignore what they saw on Airline Drive late Saturday night when they nabbed a Zachary man for what turned into his fourth DWI arrest in 12 years.

A Kenner police officer spotted the 2003 Chevy Suburban with a shattered windshield, chunks of concrete on the hood and 39-year-old Jonathan Wells hanging out from his driver's side window as he drove.  When the officer pulled the vehicle over, Wells crashed into a pole.

The arresting officer smelled alcohol and ordered a blood test because Wells refused to take sobriety or breath tests.

Police booked Wells with fourth offense DWI, driving under a suspended license, reckless driving, and no proof of liability insurance.

WBRZ in Baton Rouge reports that Wells also was convicted of DWI in Baton Rouge in 1997.  But according to WBRZ, Kenner police did not consider that conviction when determining the latest charges, because it happened so long ago.