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LDWF agents arrest 10 people for drunk driving on the water over Memorial Day weekend – KQKI News

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division arrested ten boaters statewide this past Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 25, through Monday, May 27, on charges of driving or operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol (DWI).

The LDWF Enforcement Division also reported no boat-related deaths over the Memorial Day weekend.

“Our officers continue to do an excellent job enforcing recreational boating regulations and are very strict when it comes to looking for intoxicated boaters, making Louisiana's waterways safer for everyone,” said Major Clay Marques, who oversees the state's boating laws.

On May 25, agents arrested:

Santo Spitale, 23, of Morgan City on the Atchafalaya River.
Matthew Fuller, 44, Sulphur, at Prien Lake.
Kelly R. Foreman, 54, of Rayne, on the Mermentau River.
Michael Phillips, 44, of Pineville, on Kincaid Lake.
Kory Despaux, 41, of Arabi on the Intracoastal Waterway.

On May 26, agents arrested:

Richard Minchew, 49, of Columbia, on the Ouachita River.
Ian Johnson, 28, of Loranger, on the Tickfaw River.

On May 27, agents arrested:

Jaycob Golightly, 26, of Ragley, on the Calcasieu Ship Channel.
Landin S. Carriere, 20, of Eunice, on the Mermentau River.
Brody Holt, 20, of Sieper, at Kincaid Lake.

Anyone charged with drunk driving on the water or on the road will lose their driver's license and boating privileges for the period of time determined by the judge in each case. In addition, any offense involving operating a vehicle or boat while under the influence of alcohol counts toward the total number of drunk driving offenses, regardless of whether they occurred on the water or on the road.

In Louisiana, anyone operating a moving vessel or vehicle while under the influence of alcohol can be charged with drunk driving. The first offense can result in fines ranging from $300 to $1,000 and up to six months in prison.