DWI arrest made in Diversion Canal boating accident
Husband of former MADD Louisiana executive director arested.
LDWF said 41-year-old Jack W. Riffle was booked into the Livingston Parish Jail on four counts: first-degree negligent injury, driving or operating a boat while intoxicated, and reckless operation of a moving vessel.
Chico Garcio, a 29-year-old cheer coach at LSU, was seriously injured in the accident. He has reportedly been left paralyzed.
Also injured in the accident were Riffle’s 44-year-old wife Elizabeth and the couple’s two children.
The adult Riffles own the Riffle Law Firm. Elizabeth Riffle also is a former executive director of MADD Louisiana, according to her bio on the Riffle Law Firm’s Web site.
The accident occurred Aug. 27 when the 19-foot boat Riffle was allegedly operating struck and lodged under a pier, the LDWF said.
Jack Riffle submitted to a blood sample following the boating crash incident, which allegedly showed that he was over the .08 blood alcohol concentration legal limit, the LDWF said.
First-degree negligent injury brings up to a $2,000 fine and up to five years in jail for each offense. First offense DWI carries a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail. Reckless operation of a moving vessel brings up to a $200 fine and up to 90 days in jail.
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