Then and Now in Winn Parish

One of our sharp-eyed correspondents sent this in overnight.

Recognition awards presented to leaders in reducing impaired driving

Mar 19, 2014

Strong laws, increased enforcement, committed prosecutors and special DWI courts are helping reduce the number of people killed by drunk drivers on Louisiana roads, according to Louisiana Highway Safety Commission officials.

As part of efforts to keep a strong focus on the impaired driving problem, the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission on Tuesday presented recognition awards to leaders from a variety of professions who have helped save lives. The awards ceremony was the sixth year the Commission has honored law enforcement officers and others for their commitment to keeping impaired drivers off the roads.

A special award was presented to District Attorney R. Christopher Nevils of the 8th Judicial District in Winn Parish for his leadership in DWI curtailment efforts, including establishment of “no refusal weekend” programs in Winn and some surrounding areas. He also has a “no dismissal” rule regarding DWI offenses. His efforts have dramatically lowered recidivism and fatality rates in his area.

Flashback to early 2009:

Winn Parish DA Arrested for DWI in Baton Rouge

January 23, 2009

BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8) – Winn Parish District Attorney Chris Nevils was arrested in Baton Rouge Wednesday, charged with DWI, Hit and Run, and Failure to Maintain Control.

Nevils, 39, was arrested just before 10 PM Wednesday.

According to a Baton Rouge Police report, Nevils was trying to pass a car when he hit another car.

Nevils told KNOE 8 News Friday that he drove the car – a 2008 Dodge Charger registered to the Winn Parish District Attorney’s office – another couple of blocks, stopping at his parents house.

Police say Nevils took a blood-alcohol test that registered .173, more than double the legal limit. He requested a second test and its results were .176.

Following his arrest, Nevils was released into the custody of a family member.

Nevils told KNOE 8 News, ” I truly regret that it happened. I know what a serious matter drinking and driving is and I’m going to do everything to make it right.”

Nevils has been the chief prosecutor in Winn Parish since 2006.

2 Responses to “Then and Now in Winn Parish”

  1. Zeb Says:

    Journalism at it’s best. Cheerleaders for the self-appointed elite.

  2. Oldman Says:

    Sounds kind of like a old preacher that once told me “do as I say not as I do” and that old preacher had ties to Winn Parish. That was over sixty years ago and it seems to hold true today.I wonder if that old preacher is some kin to the police jury men of today?

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