Wildlife & Fisheries make 12 DWI arrests over holiday weekend

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries arrested 12 boaters statewide for allegedly driving or operating a vessel while intoxicated from July 2 to July 4 as part of Operation Dry Water.

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

The LDWF states each DWI offense counts toward the total DWI crimes whether it happened on the water or on the road. The DWI offense carries a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.

Operation Dry Water started in 2009 and is a joint program involving the LDWF/LED, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Arrests made

 July 2

  • 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.

July 3

  • 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.


July 4

  • 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.

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