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St. Charles Man Leaves Accident Scene on Bridge, Gets Fourth DWI Charge in Two Years

Bart Laster has three previous alcohol-related driving convictions and faces three additional DWI charges.

A St. Charles man faces his fifth DWI charge within the last two years and his sixth alcohol-related driving charge overall. He was pulled over after leaving an accident scene at the Blanchette Bridge Wednesday, police said.

Bart Laster, 40, of the 1000 block of Cole Boulevard in St. Charles, was charged Wednesday with driving while intoxicated as an aggravated offender and leaving the scene of an accident.

Laster was eastbound on Interstate 70 on the Blanchette Bridge when he caused an accident, according to a probable cause statement. He left the scene, but was pulled over by Maryland Heights Police, the probable cause statement reads.

A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper arrived and saw signs that Laster was drunk, including a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, slurred speech and bloodshot and glassy eyes, court documents state. The trooper said his blood-alcohol content was 0.09 percent, according to the probable cause statement.

Laster has three previous alcohol-related driving convictions:

  • He pleaded guilty July 19 to DWI on for an Aug. 7, 2011 incident in St. Peters
  • He was found guilty in August 2007 of driving with excessive blood-alcohol content on June 10, 2007 in Woodson Terrace
  • He pleaded guilty in November 2004 to DWI for an incident June 6, 2004 in Woodson Terrace.

Laster also faces two additional DWI charges in Town and Country and Creve Coeur. He has been charged with DWI for an incident May 5, 2011 in Town and Country and another incident on Sept. 6, 2011 in Creve Coeur.

Laster is being held in St. Louis County jail. Bail was set at $35,000.

For more crime information on St. Charles Patch, see the following articles:

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Julia Elizabeth February 26, 2013 at 01:48 PM
Lock him up and throw away the key
katie February 26, 2013 at 07:23 PM
I guess he is going to have to kill someone and be really sorry before it is serious. Why is he out? Why does it take 6 times? Really?
Joe Scott February 26, 2013 at 08:39 PM
Attribution in this article was changed to more accurately attribute facts taken from court documents, including the probable cause statement.
Threasa Bueter Martin February 27, 2013 at 04:34 AM
ummm what happend to the three strikes and your out law?
katie February 27, 2013 at 11:15 AM
Three strikes is for felonies.
Josie March 18, 2013 at 05:45 PM
He will never learn!!! All he cares about is going out 7 days a week and getting drunk/stoned/high. This makes 7 DWI's for him. Just think about how many times he didn't get caught. From 2004 to 2007 he got 1 in Pine Lawn and 2 in Woodson Terrace. In 2011 from May to September he got 1 in Town and Country, 1 in St. Peters, and 1 in Creve Coeur. And now February, 2013, he got his 7th DWI. According to MO casenet, all 3 DWI's that he got in 2011 kept getting continued for at least 1-1/2 to almost 2 years. Why do they continue any DWI case for that long? That just gave him more time to drive intoxicated or under the influence. He should have been kept in jail in 2011 and sentenced to prison for good or at least for a very long time and never allow him to get a license again and never allow him into bars again and make him wear an ankle bracelet that can track him and senses alcohol.

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