Todd Vincent Arrested & Facing 3 Coun...

Todd Vincent Arrested & Facing 3 Counts Vehicular Homicide

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SugarCane

United States

#1 Mar 25, 2009
The arraignment of an Erath man on a DWI charge ended with a trip to jail Tuesday when state police arrested him on additional charges in a head-on collision that killed three people in St. Mary Parish in January.

Todd Vincent, 39, now faces three counts of vehicular homicide, one count of obstruction of justice and driving left of center in the Jan. 11 fatal accident.

Vincent appeared in court Tuesday morning and pleaded not guilty to a July 9 DWI second-offense and careless operation charge and was scheduled for a May 26 trial date.

But positive results from a chemical test taken after the St. Mary Parish crash is what led a state trooper to handcuff Vincent at the hearing and escort him to the Vermilion Parish jail Tuesday morning.

He was later extradited to the St. Mary Parish Jail with a bond set at $550,000 bond, according to Louisiana State Police spokesman Trooper David Anderson.

The fatal accident happened around 9:30 a.m. Jan. 11 on La. 318 when Vincent allegedly drove his 2004 Ford Truck into the direct path of 40-year-old Priscilla Williams' vehicle.

Despite the woman's attempt to steer clear of Vincent's truck, the two vehicles collided, state police said.

The impact killed the woman, her 15-year-old daughter Kadijah Williams and 42-year-old brother Leroy Williams, all of Franklin.

At the time of the crash, Vincent's license was suspended until May 14, because he reportedly refused a chemical test after another head-on collision on Nov. 15.

He was arrested that day on charges of driving left of center and operating a vehicle with an invalid driver's license.

A Feb. 11 chemical test later revealed Vincent had Oxycodone, or pain killers, and tetrahydrocannabinol, a derivative of marijuana, in his systemat the time of the St. Mary crash.

But Anderson said even after receiving the positive drug test results, the quantitative test results were necessary to establish "impairment" during the time of the crash.

Anderson said he could not elaborate on details of why Vincent faces an obstruction of justice charge.
SugarCane

United States

#2 Mar 25, 2009
But several witnesses, in statements taken days after the crash, said they recall seeing a white man - not Vincent - at the scene of the incident.

The statements said the man entered a cane field near the scene and walked several yards into the field before "walking back real fast" and leaving in a truck with another man.

The witnesses wrote that they took a St. Mary Parish sheriff's deputy back to the vicinity where the man walked, and "drug items" were found.

On Nov. 15, Vincent was involved in a head-on collision, in which he admitted to taking Oxycontin tablets and smoking marijuana hours before the incident, according to accident reports.

That was Vincent's third arrest and charge of DWI first offense in Vermilion Parish.

He recently pleaded no contest to a DWI first offense charge for the latest incident and was sentenced to six months of probation.

Tuesday's arraignment was only for a recently upgraded DWI second-offense because of legal oversights that caused his first charge to be dismissed.

In July 2007, district attorneys cleared Vincent of a DWI first-offense charge and a flight from an officer charge from June 2006.

District Attorney Mike Harson said instructions on the first DWI were "misconstrued" and led to the accidental dismissal.

And until Vincent's traffic violation history came to light in The Daily Advertiser in January, district attorneys had only filed DWI first-offense charges against Vincent each time.

Harson said the legal two-year time limit to file the June 2006 DWI charge again had expired.

But on Feb. 3, Assistant District Attorney Aimee Hebert, who has handled all of Vincent's traffic violations, filed an amendment to the bill of information regarding the July 9 charge and upgraded it to a DWI second-offense charge.

In January, Harson said Vincent's Nov. 15 DWI charge would have beeen upgraded because of the oversight, but Vincent had already pleaded no contest and was sentenced for it.

This caused the July 2008 charge to be amended instead.

Vincent is also scheduled to appear in court April 30 for a status conference to determine his progress on completing terms of his probation.
Three First Times

United States

#3 Mar 25, 2009
How on earth do you get charged 3 TIMES with a DWI FIRST OFFENSE! Only in Vermilion Parish.... at least he is now finally off the roads.

Anyone know Aimee Hebert?
From Erath

United States

#4 Mar 26, 2009
There are some who have been arrested 5 or more times for DWI and still have 1st offense DWI's on their records. The sad part is that the Good Ole Boy Syndrome in Vermilion has taken some lives. You cannot bring back those people but justice can be done. Find out who has been reducing those charges or who was behind fixing or amending the charges. Then charge them with Obstruction of Justice and accesory to vehicular homicide. Fixing a speeding ticket is one thing but fixing a DWI is another. This guy had a problem with this many times being charged and nothing was done and no lesson was learned. He probably didn't care cause he knew he had someone who would take care of. I hope the family of the victims do not stop and go after the person or persons behind getting those other charges dropped. Justice needs to be served. If it would be a member of my family, I would not sleep till I know who was behind all the fixing of offenses. People think DWI is a traffic offense no it is a crime. It falls under the criminal code 14:98.
Shame Shame Shame

United States

#5 Mar 26, 2009
From Erath wrote:
There are some who have been arrested 5 or more times for DWI and still have 1st offense DWI's on their records. The sad part is that the Good Ole Boy Syndrome in Vermilion has taken some lives. You cannot bring back those people but justice can be done. Find out who has been reducing those charges or who was behind fixing or amending the charges. Then charge them with Obstruction of Justice and accesory to vehicular homicide. Fixing a speeding ticket is one thing but fixing a DWI is another. This guy had a problem with this many times being charged and nothing was done and no lesson was learned. He probably didn't care cause he knew he had someone who would take care of. I hope the family of the victims do not stop and go after the person or persons behind getting those other charges dropped. Justice needs to be served. If it would be a member of my family, I would not sleep till I know who was behind all the fixing of offenses. People think DWI is a traffic offense no it is a crime. It falls under the criminal code 14:98.
I'm sure the family will pursue this... three family members are dead.

The only excuse anyone's heard from Harson is that his instructions were "misconstrued". I'm sure there will be an investigation into this. This is a public safety issue... its appalling that this guy racked up that many DWI's and the charges were all "first offenses"

Sad for the family whose family members died. It could have been any one of us or our family members.
Traffic Court

Rayne, LA

#6 Mar 26, 2009
From Erath wrote:
There are some who have been arrested 5 or more times for DWI and still have 1st offense DWI's on their records. The sad part is that the Good Ole Boy Syndrome in Vermilion has taken some lives. You cannot bring back those people but justice can be done. Find out who has been reducing those charges or who was behind fixing or amending the charges. Then charge them with Obstruction of Justice and accesory to vehicular homicide. Fixing a speeding ticket is one thing but fixing a DWI is another. This guy had a problem with this many times being charged and nothing was done and no lesson was learned. He probably didn't care cause he knew he had someone who would take care of. I hope the family of the victims do not stop and go after the person or persons behind getting those other charges dropped. Justice needs to be served. If it would be a member of my family, I would not sleep till I know who was behind all the fixing of offenses. People think DWI is a traffic offense no it is a crime. It falls under the criminal code 14:98.
All tickets, from speeding all the way up to DWI are criminal. There are two types of cases, criminal and civil. Traffic is criminal.
Respect

Breaux Bridge, LA

#7 Mar 26, 2009
The disagreeable, clueless nuts are judging again. The truth can't be denied!
Smokey The Bandit

Missouri City, TX

#8 Mar 26, 2009
Respect wrote:
The disagreeable, clueless nuts are judging again. The truth can't be denied!
Yes, but notice that they only judge and do not post anything. I'm willing to bet there's some fire in that smoke. The reporters from The Advertiser are all over this one.
From Erath

United States

#9 Mar 26, 2009
Court may be broken down that way. But traffic as in speeding falls under title 32 which is traffic, while DWI which is title 14 is criminal. Traffic ticket as speeding and yes goes into court but is a traffic violation and not a criminal act as is DWI.
Sassy

Lake Charles, LA

#10 Mar 26, 2009
pray for him
Hundred Ten

Rayne, LA

#11 Mar 26, 2009
From Erath wrote:
Court may be broken down that way. But traffic as in speeding falls under title 32 which is traffic, while DWI which is title 14 is criminal. Traffic ticket as speeding and yes goes into court but is a traffic violation and not a criminal act as is DWI.
Not when you're going 110 in a 55.
Oh No

Sunset, LA

#12 Mar 27, 2009
Hundred Ten wrote:
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Not when you're going 110 in a 55.
Erath has it right. Louisiana Revised Statues Title 32's are Traffic Violations and Title 14's are Criminal Charges. That is not all if you are going 110 in a 55 Zone you can be charged with Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle which is a Title 14 Charge and not a Title 32.
Where Is The Outrage

Missouri City, TX

#13 Mar 27, 2009
Shame Shame Shame wrote:
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I'm sure the family will pursue this... three family members are dead.

The only excuse anyone's heard from Harson is that his instructions were "misconstrued". I'm sure there will be an investigation into this. This is a public safety issue... its appalling that this guy racked up that many DWI's and the charges were all "first offenses"

Sad for the family whose family members died. It could have been any one of us or our family members.
Has there been any coverage of this at all in The Meridional? Don't see anything on AbbeveilleNow.com ... you would think this would be a big story for the local newspaper.
girl

Kaplan, LA

#14 Mar 28, 2009
Three First Times wrote:
How on earth do you get charged 3 TIMES with a DWI FIRST OFFENSE! Only in Vermilion Parish.... at least he is now finally off the roads.
Anyone know Aimee Hebert?
who's aimee hebert
UTI

Missouri City, TX

#15 Mar 28, 2009
girl wrote:
<quoted text>who's aimee hebert
But on Feb. 3, Assistant District Attorney Aimee Hebert, who has handled all of Vincent's traffic violations, filed an amendment to the bill of information regarding the July 9 charge and upgraded it to a DWI second-offense charge.
girl

Kaplan, LA

#16 Mar 28, 2009
she's a lawyer right was she his lawyer
Slick Willy

Abbeville, LA

#17 Mar 28, 2009
girl wrote:
she's a lawyer right was she his lawyer
She was not his lawyer, she was the Assistant District Attorney that handled his case.
From Erath

United States

#18 Mar 28, 2009
Now they are upgrading charges after people have died. Sounds like someone is covering up something or covering their tracks....Dirty Politics as usual.
Bunch A Idiots

Seattle, WA

#19 Mar 28, 2009
From Erath wrote:
Now they are upgrading charges after people have died. Sounds like someone is covering up something or covering their tracks....Dirty Politics as usual.
What a ridiculous move.... upgrade a charge AFTER people have died due to "misconstruing" the original series of violations. With him now facing vehicular homicide charges what difference does it make if his Second, First Offense is now upgraded to a First, Second Offense.
Buncha Idiots

Seattle, WA

#20 Mar 28, 2009
Slick Willy wrote:
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She was not his lawyer, she was the Assistant District Attorney that handled his case.
I remember from a previous article in The Advertiser that an ADA from Vermilion Parish, unnamed at the time, had filed documents with the State, perhaps back in July 2008, informing the State that VPDA was not pursuing criminal charges against Vincent.....

With that filing and now 3 vehicular homicides, upgrading past charges at this point in time is a moot point. In time, the whole story will come out, but its not looking good for the DA's office.

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