A Shreveport driver involved in a major accident in Broadmoor last year pleaded guilty as charged to fourth-offense driving while intoxicated Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Caddo District Court.
Manuel Alejandro Morales, 37, was immediately sentenced by District Judge Ramona Emanuel to serve 10 years in prison at hard labor, with the first two years to be served without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.
On April 27, 2023, police responded to the 200 block of Albany Avenue in reference to a major accident. Morales was the driver of a Ford F-150 truck involved in the accident, inside of which officers found a 24 ounce Bud Light can, a broken Bud Light glass bottle and a Pancho Villa Tequila bottle open on the passenger seat. Officers also detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverages coming from inside the vehicle. Morales attempted to conceal the alcoholic beverages in a duffel bag and walk away from the scene of the accident; however, he was told to remain at the scene until officers arrived, and subsequently was arrested.
Assistant District Attorney Fernando Grider prosecuted the case, docket No. 395637. Morales was defended by Charles Bradshaw.