Release Date: 12/20/2005

A Hammond man was tried and convicted in the 21st Judicial District Court in Tangipahoa Parish for the first offense of driving a vessel while intoxicated on Nov. 28.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited James Tricou Jr., 57, on May 21, 2004, after he lost control of his vessel on South Pass in Manchac resulting in the vessel crashing into a series of camp structures.

Tricou was sentenced by Judge Beth Wolf to serve six months in jail.  The jail term was suspended except for 10 days.  He must also pay a $1053 fine.  Tricou was then placed on probation for two years and ordered to pay $250 to the state probation and parole office.  Tricou must also complete an alcohol abuse program and a drivers safety course.  District Attorney Scott Perriloux handled the prosecution for the state.

Agents participating in the case were Senior Agents Toby Miller and Benji Morgan and Sgt. Dane Thomas.

EDITORS: For further information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-
2985 or klacaze@wlf.louisiana.gov.