Shongaloo man arrested for DWI 2nd offense

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A North Webster Parish man was arrested Friday by Webster Parish Sheriff’s deputies for driving while intoxicated (second offense).

James Ronald Rowland, 22, of Hanson Rd., Shongaloo, was observed traveling on Hanson Rd., when he failed to recognize a stop sign, according to Sheriff Jason Parker.

“When the deputy made contact with Rowland, he noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage,” Parker said. “Also, he had poor balance and performed poorly on all sobriety tests.”

The sheriff’s report states Rowland admitted he had been drinking beer and was transported to Springhill Police Department for chemical tests.

“He provided a sample .229g % blood alcohol level,” said the sheriff. “His first DWI was in September 2017.”

Rowland is the son of a Webster Parish deputy.

“We handle our business with no favoritism,” Parker said. “We’re going to do our job, and they (deputies) did exactly what they were supposed to do.”

Rowland was arrested in the shooting death of another North Webster Parish resident more than a year ago. At that time, Parker said he handed over the investigation to Louisiana State Police. In 2020 a grand jury failed to indict Rowland, citing him instead with a fine.

Rowland was transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

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