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A Houma Man has been arrested and charged with 4th offense DWI according to Morgan City Police Chief James Blair. The arrest happened Wednesday afternoon at about 12:21pm when An officer in the area of US Hwy 90 near the Martin Luther King exit, observed a vehicle swerving in and out the lane of travel. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver, 48 year old Richard Cook of Cypress Village Houma, La, was asked to produce a valid driver’s license. Reports indicate that Cook appeared intoxicated. Cook was asked to perform the Standardized Field Sobriety Test, but refused. The officer also noticed an open container of an alcoholic beverage inside the vehicle.
A computer check revealed that Cook’s driver’s license was suspended and he also held an active warrant for the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office. Cook was placed under arrest and transported to the Morgan City Police Department. Once the police department, Cook refused to submit to the chemical test for intoxication. A warrant was obtained to have a blood sample withdrawn from Cook. Cook was transported to a medical facility for the sample to be withdrawn. The results of the sample are pending. Cook was transported back to the Morgan City Police Department.
Reports indicate that Cook had three prior arrest for driving while intoxicated. Cook was booked and incarcerated.
Richard J. Cook was charged with:
Improper Lane Usage
Driving Under Suspension
Driving While Intoxicated 4th Offense
Possession of Alcoholic Beverage in Vehicle