Nine arrested in Livingston & Tangipahoa for DWI while boating

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents arrested nine people for allegedly operating or boating while impaired, DWI, on May 3 and May 4 in Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes.

LDWF agents were boating and patrolling the waterways for the Tickfaw 200 Poker Run and made the following DWI arrests in Livingston and Tangipahoa.

On May 3, agents arrested:

  • Garrison Martinez, 23, of St. Amant, on the Amite River Diversion Canal in Livingston Parish. He was also cited for improper running lights and not possessing a fire extinguisher.
  • Terry Graham, 57, of Holden, on the Tickfaw River in Livingston Parish. He was also cited for improper running lights.
  • Spring Baron, 28, of Springfield, on the Tickfaw River in Livingston Parish. He was also cited for improper running lights. 
  • Keith Allen, 57, of Springfield, on the Tickfaw River in Livingston Parish. He was also cited for improper running lights.

DWI Livingston & Tangipahoa Boating

On May 4, agents arrested:

  • Shane Henry, 47, of Bay St. Louis, Miss., on the Tickfaw River in Livingston Parish.
  • Oliver Fields, 21, of Youngsville, on the Amite River Diversion Canal in Livingston Parish.
  • Christopher Herring, 37, of Richton, Miss., on the Amite River Diversion Canal in Livingston Parish.
  • Austin Boudreaux, 27, Addis, on the Tickfaw River in Tangipahoa Parish.
  • Blake Fabre, 31, of Ponchatoula, on the Hwy. 51 Canal in Tangipahoa 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 boat operating 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. Each offense of operating a vehicle or vessel while intoxicated also counts toward the total number of DWI crimes whether they happened on the water or road.

First offense DWI carries a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail. Second offense DWI brings a $750 to $1,000 fine and 30 days to six months in jail. Operating a watercraft during license suspension carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

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