In November of 2006, A Bossier Deputy sheriff who was directing traffic at an accident scene had a close call when a car sped past him at 87 mph. A deputy stopped the car, which was driven by Richard Hahn. On observing Hahn’s slurred speech, five empty beer cans and two empty vodka bottles in the car, the deputy asked him how much he had to drink. “Not enough”, was the reply.
Hahn was charged by the Sheriff’s Department with DWI 3rd offense (a felony), a charge which could carry from one to five years in prison. He was also charged with speeding 87 in a 55, no drivers license, open container, careless operation and flight from an officer.
Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Baswell said "we'll arrest and keep on arresting. Someone else takes care of prosecution."
That person, of course, is the Bossier DA. Bossier Parish First Assistant District Attorney Lane Pittard said at the time, "we'll prosecute this guy to the fullest extent of the law." Pittard said
Hahn appeared before Judge Jeff Cox on
As to the other charges:
- Flight from an officer: Nol-prossed
- Careless Operation: Nol-prossed
- Open Container: Nol-prossed
- No Driver’s license: Nol-prossed
- Speeding 87/55: Nol-prossed
Is allowing him to plead guilty to a misdemeanor which had been reduced from a felony and dismissing the other five charges really the full extent of the law?
You’ll have to be the judge of that.
Same song, second verse
Hahn was back just a year later, in May of 2008, with a ticket from Louisiana State Police charging him with DWI 3rd offense, again a felony. He was charged by the DA with DWI 2nd offense, a misdemeanor. He was also charged with driving under suspension and improper lane change.
He appeared in court in January of this year and was allowed, in another plea bargain arranged by the DA’s office, to plead guilty once again to a DWI 1st offense.
This time, he was sentenced, also by Judge Cox, to 90 days in jail (suspended), a $750 fine and another one year’s probation. The other two charges were nol-prossed.
The fullest extent of the law?