LDWF agents arrest 12 subjects for DWI on the water during Operation Dry Water Weekend

In support of Operation Dry Water, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division arrested 12 boaters statewide for alleged driving or operating a vessel while intoxicated (DWI) from July 2 to 4.

On July 2, agents arrested:

  • Christopher L. Cupp, 58, of Ball, on the Cane River in Natchitoches Parish.
  • Bryan A. Noland, 45, of Napoleonville, on Bayou Magazille in Assumption Parish.

On July 3, agents arrested:

  • Adam Kertz, 47, of Dry Prong, on the Red River in Rapides Parish.
  • Peyton Ross, 21, of Baton Rouge, on the Tickfaw River in Livingston Parish.
  • Dennis Bussell, 54, of Orange, Texas, on the Old Sabine River in Calcasieu Parish.
  • Peter M. Janise, 22, of Lafayette, on False River in Pointe Coupee Parish.

On July 4, agents arrested:

  • Garrett Brown, 20, of Ruston, on Lake D’Arbonne in Union Parish.
  • Dustin L. Crowe 33, of Denham Springs, on the Blind River in Livingston Parish.
  • Jeremy Blanchard, 45, of Pierre Part, on the Belle River in Lower St. Martin Parish.
  • Paul Bergeron Jr, 61, of Napoleonville, on Bayou Magazille in Lower St. Martin Parish.
  • Kip Robichaux, 59, of Houma, on the Houma Navigational Canal in Terrebonne Parish.
  • Corey J. Angelle, 43, of Breaux Bridge, on the Atchafalaya River in Upper St. Martin Parish.

In Louisiana, a DWI on the water carries the same penalties and fines as on the road and includes jail time, fines and loss of driving and boating operator privileges.

Anyone cited for a DWI on the water or on the road will lose his or her driver’s license and boating privileges for the specified time ordered by the judge in the case.  Also, each offense of operating a vehicle or vessel while intoxicated counts toward the total number of DWI crimes whether they happened on the water or road.

In Louisiana a DWI can be issued to anyone operating a moving vessel or vehicle while impaired. First offense DWI carries a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.

Operation Dry Water was started in 2009 and is a joint program involving the LDWF/LED, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and the U.S. Coast Guard. More information is available at www.operationdrywater.org.

Agents arrest two men for DWIs on the water in St. Martin Parish

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested two subjects for allegedly operating or driving a vessel while intoxicated (DWI) on June 25 in St. Martin Parish.

Agents arrested Orlando Terracina, 54, of Thibodaux, and Lester Boudreaux Jr., 45, of Sorrento, DWIs on the water.

Agents made contact with Terracina around 8 p.m. on June 25 on Four Mile Bayou. Agents detected that Terracina was under the influence. They arrested him and booked him into the Morgan City Jail.

Agents made contact with Broudreaux Jr. around 9:50 p.m. on June 25 on Bayou Magazille. Agents also detected that Boudreaux Jr. was under the influence and booked him into the Morgan City Jail. He was also cited for having improper running lights on his vessel.

The penalties for DWI in a vessel are the same as driving a vehicle. Anyone cited for a DWI on the water or on the road will lose his or her driver’s license and boating privileges for the specified time ordered by the judge in the case.

DWI brings a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail. No running lights carries up to a $50 fine.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Scott Dupre, Sgt. Jake Darden, and Corporal Steven Jackson.

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