GRETNA, La. (WGNO) — A Louisiana decide has upped the bond for a person charged in a drunk driving accident that claimed the lifetime of a 9-year-old lady.
Police arrested 58-year-old Wendell Lachney on Monday, November 1 for vehicular murder after his automobile rear-ended a minivan on October 22, inflicting it to slam into the automobile in entrance of it. Court docket paperwork report Lachney was driving 60 to 75 miles per hour in a forty five mph zone.
On the time of the crash, police say Lachney’s blood alcohol content material was 0.22% — virtually triple the authorized restrict. State Troopers discovered a number of open alcohol containers in Lachney’s automobile, together with a bottle of Jack Daniels whiskey, a cup of beer, and a bottle of wine. In addition they found almost 2 ounces of marijuana and a smoking pipe. Lachney admitted to having been consuming and smoking since 4 p.m. that day — about 4 hours earlier than the crash.
After being handled at an area hospital for accidents, he was launched on bond from the Jefferson Parish Correctional Middle the day after the crash.
No less than two individuals have been injured within the crash, together with 9-year-old Abigail Douglas of Gretna, who later succumbed to her accidents on October 24. That’s when police issued an arrest warrant for Lachney.
Whereas Lachney’s bond was initially set at $300,000 for Douglas’ dying, prosecutors on Wednesday requested that quantity be elevated to $1 million after discovering this was not his first DWI.
On Could 25, 1990, Lachney was arrested on a DWI offense in St. John Parish. He pleaded responsible to the cost in August later that yr. He obtained a suspended sentence of solely 10 days within the parish jail on the phrases that he accomplished neighborhood service, attend driving faculty, and take part in a substance abuse program.
4 years later in June of 1994, Lachney was convicted of a DUI cost in Island County, Washington. It’s unknown was his sentence was.
The decide granted the prosecution’s request to extend Lachney’s bond quantity, including that he didn’t appear remorseful of the incident.
If Lachney posts bond and is launched, the decide ordered he be:
- Positioned on GPS monitoring by Gretna PD
- Prohibited from consuming alcohol and put on a tool that tracks his content material ranges
- Forbidden to drive, and all autos he has entry to have an interlock machine put in
Moreover, due to his BAC on the time of the crash, Lachney’s cost was elevated to a crime of violence by Louisiana law, which incorporates vehicular murder when the driving force’s ranges exceed 0.2%.
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