Man arrested for 6th DWI, driving wrong way on I-49 with children in vehicle

Ricky Anthony Simmons Jr. (Source: Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office)

NATCHITOCHES PARISH, LA (KSLA) –

A Natchitoches man is being charged with his sixth DWI after allegedly driving the wrong way on I-49 with his children in the vehicle.

Thursday evening, deputies received several 911 calls reporting that a dark colored SUV was traveling at a high rate of speed northbound in the southbound lanes of I-49 near the Cypress exit.

Deputies were able to stop the 2006 Ford SUV on I-49 near the Waterwell exit just south of Natchitoches. Deputies identified the driver as 33-year-old Ricky Anthony Simmons Jr. Kyla Lee Honeycutt, 37, and two small children, ages 4 and 5, were also in the vehicle.

Authorities say the driver, 33-year-old Ricky Anthony Simmons Jr. was driving on a suspended license and seemed to be impaired. After failing a series of field sobriety tests, Simmons was transported to the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center where he was given a blood-alcohol test which came back at more than three times the legal limit.

Simmons is charged with DWI 6th offense, child endangerment, driving the wrong way on an interstate, reckless operation of a vehicle, driving under suspension and two counts of child desertion.

Honeycutt was also arrested and charged with two counts of child desertion.

Both Simmons and Honeycutt remain at the Natchitoches Detention Center.

The children are staying with a relative.

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