Bossier man gets 12 years on 4th-offense DWI conviction

Bossier man gets 12 years on 4th-offense DWI conviction

BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - A Bossier City man will spend the next 12 years in jail for driving drunk and crashing his car into posts guarding a Barksdale Air Force Base gate.

U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks decided that 56-year-old Leandrew Smith also must serve three years on federal supervised release once he is released from prison.

The sentence handed down Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Shreveport comes in response to Smith driving his vehicle into bollards blocking Barksdale's West Gate on May 20.

The posts, which were destroyed, caused Smith's vehicle to go airborne before coming to a halt.

Security Forces airmen rushed to the crash and found Smith unharmed.

The airmen smelled alcohol on Smith's breath and found a half full 40-ounce beer bottle on the back floorboard.

Smith's blood-alcohol concentration registered at .295 percent, more than three times the legal limit.

He was found guilty of fourth-offense driving while intoxicated.

Smith had three previous DWI convictions, one in 2015 in Shreveport City Court and two in 2013 in Caddo District Court.

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