Release Date: 08/15/2006

During the weekend of Aug. 5 and 6, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents made three arrests for alleged operation of a motorized vessel while intoxicated.  The arrests were made while utilizing the division's Remote Testing Unit on the Ouachita River in Ouachita Parish.  In addition to the DWI arrests, six subjects were cited for littering violations.

Thaddeus J. Ryan III, 40, of Monroe was arrested for alleged operating a vessel while intoxicated.  Ryan was also cited for improper running lights.  Theron A. Philips, 32, of Monroe, was arrested for operating a vessel while intoxicated with a child 12 years or younger in the vessel.  Philips was also cited for littering.  Robert L. Grady, 45, of Columbia, was also arrested for operating a vessel while intoxicated with a child 12 years or younger in vessel.  In addition, Grady was cited for careless operation.  They were booked into the Ouachita Parish Jail.

Roy E. Maxey, 36, of Umpire, Arkansas; Shon G. Berry, 35, of West Monroe; Tommy L. Auston, 19, of West Monroe; Jason C. Lyle, 29, of Shreveport; Ryan M. Higgins, 21, of Monroe; and Timothy J. Williamson, 22, of West Monroe were all cited for intentional littering offenses.

Penalties for operating a boat while intoxicated are identical to those for operation of a vehicle while intoxicate on the highway.  If convicted of the offenses, the DWI violators may receive a maximum fine of $1,000, or jail up to six months, or both for first offenses.  The penalties for intentional littering are fines up to $250 and eight hours of community service.  Careless operation of a boat is punishable by fines up to $300 and 30 days in jail, or both.  The penalties do not include additional court costs.  The penalty for running light violations is a fine of $50 or 15 days in jail or both.

Agents participating in the cases were Lt. Mike Rockett, Lt. Rick Owens, Sgts. Jamie Hagan, Darren Bruce, Jimmy Vining, and Sr. Agents Wayne Parker, Mike Jeter, John Volentine, Stan House, Josh Estis and Scott Jeansonne.

For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at klacaze@wlf.louisiana.gov or 225-765-2988.