Release Date: 08/21/2007

On June 15, 2007, Clifton Thibodeaux Jr., 33, of Raceland, pled guilty to operating a vessel while intoxicated, and hit and run charges.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents were dispatched to a boating accident, which occurred in the Company Canal in Lafourche Parish near Lockport on July 17, 2006.  Agents conducted an investigation where it was determined that Thibodeaux caused a boating accident with another vessel that inflicted severe injuries to the two occupants of the second vessel and then fled the scene. 

When agents located Thibodeaux, he showed obvious signs of impairment and was transported to the local jail where sobriety testing led to his arrest for reckless operation of a watercraft, hit and run, and fourth offense DWI.

Thibodeaux received a prison sentence of 10 years for each offense at hard labor to run concurrent.  He was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine plus court costs.

He was taken into custody by the Lafourche Sheriff's Office and will remain at the Lafourche Parish Jail until his transfer to the Department of Corrections.  The case was handled and prosecuted by Lafourche District Attorney Cam Morvant's office.

Agents participating in the case were Senior Agents Thomas Dewitt and Jamie Folse. 

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