Wildlife & Fisheries arrests 10 on Livingston Parish rivers

LIVINGSTON — The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries report 10 arrests of individuals for alleged operating or driving a vessel while impaired (DWI) over the past weekend on Livingston Parish rivers.

Agents patrolled the Blind River and Amite River Diversion Canal heavily this past weekend, as there was a large outdoor event only accessible by boat in the area.

Agents made seven arrests on Livingston rivers on Aug. 5 for DWI:

Mary Louis, 29, of Prairieville
Gerald Palmer, 57, of Gonzales
Ryan St. Angelo, 29, of Gonzales
Christopher Pickering, 42, of Baton Rouge
Lance Cook, 25, of Prairieville
Rodrygo Messias, 42, of Walker
Todd Wallace, 59, of Maurepas

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Agents arrested the following on Aug. 6 for DWI:

Brandon Hoover, 43, of Maurepas
Steven McDaniel, 38, of Prairieville
Anthony McNease, 22, of Baton Rouge

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. 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.

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