Baton Rouge police arrested a man on Sunday night and charged him with hit-and-run after a crash on S. Acadian Thruway near I-10.

While surely not a good thing, that wasn't the biggest news from this story. The fact that the man had nine previous DWI arrests has many folks shaking their heads.

The driver, identified as Thomas Deaton, was driving in a "reckless manner" and crashed into another car. He fled the scene before police arrived. Deaton was later found driving on Bluebonnet Boulevard.

According to the police report, Deaton smelled of alcohol, had poor balance, and his speech was slurred. Police also say he resisted arrest, kicking officers as they tried to place him in handcuffs.

Records show that Deaton had nine previous DWI arrests. He served several years in jail for those offenses.

This latest incident has Deaton facing several charges including DWI, reckless operation of a vehicle, resisting an officer, battery of a police officer, and hit-and-run driving.



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