I read the update of this story on Nola.com, and the author of this article Juliet Linderman, has provided an answer for me that I have been waiting to hear.
40 year old Jennifer Englade is no longer the alledged drunk driver who killed three people including a pregnant woman last weekend. Yep, it’s official; according to Louisiana State Police, Englade’s blood alcohol level at the time of the crash exceeded the legal limit of 0.8. The agency is not providing futher details but who cares; that information is enough me and her ass is guilty! I would like to see her get out of this one with only probation.
I try to remain emotionally neutral when I write about something or someone, but I just can’t do it with this case. I have learned some interesting facts pertaining to Jennifer Englade arrests history and I do not think the results would have been the same if it had been a Black person. This shit is personal to me.
1. Englade and three other people were stopped by St. John Parish deputies by the daiquiri shop in Laplace, and the driver of the 2006 Pontiac G6, Rechelle Hotard, was arrested based on a warrent. This was Saturday at 10:40 pm. St. John Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre says five deputies were present during this arrest and they made the decision to turn the keys over to Englade.
(Would this scenerio have played out like this if the parties involved were Black? Would the other three people in the car not be subject to an alcohol test being that all of them just came out of a place that sells alcohol if they were Black?)
Good judgement officers! Well, we all know the tragedy that occured four hours later!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2. St. Charles Parish District Attorney Joel Chaisson has confimred that Jennifer Englade has numerous DWI offenses. The first in St. John Parish on March 19, 1999 and the second in St. Charles Parish on June 23, 1999. Wait; isn’t that three months apart?
Would a Black person be allowed two DWIs three months apart and still have their driver’s license after pleading guilty to both charges?
3. Prior to those charges, Englade was also arrested in St. John Parish in September of 1996.
Could a Black person get three DWIs in a period of three years and only receive probation and not have their driver’s license revoked?
4. Wait….I forgot one! She was arrested again in June of 2012 and pleaded guilty again. What did she receive this time? Same answer, probation because conveniently, Englade’s time was up to charge her with a felony. She had a court date on June 18 and could have faced six months in jail. Well we know that bullcrap didn’t happen!
What would have actually happened to a Black person at this point?
Wouldn’t a Black person have gained a felony charge by now?
Wouldn’t a Black person have received some jail time by now?
Jennifer, I seriously think that your hookups will not be able to get you out of this one. As a Black woman, I know in my heart that I would have never been giving as many breaks as you have received from our justice department. It is time for you to pay the piper and it’s just so sad that it took Mejia-Fequier, Joshua Jones, and Esther Centeno and the baby in her stomach to finally make you accountable for your actions.