Chauvin Man Apprehended After Foot Chase

Release Date: 04/23/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Chauvin man for allegedly resisting arrest and battery to a police officer on April 19 in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents arrested Christopher Duplantis, 30, for resisting arrest, battery to a police officer, misrepresentation of a misdemeanor, injuring public records, no possession of a basic or saltwater fishing license and possession of an undersized black drum.  Duplantis was booked into the Terrebonne Parish Jail.

Agents first cited Duplantis in February for possessing an undersized black drum and not having a basic or saltwater fishing license.  Duplantis also did not possess any kind of identification and gave agents a false name and address of a friend.

Duplantis’ friend showed up for his court date on April 15 to plead that he was falsely accused.  His violations were subsequently dropped as agents verified he was not the individual who received the citations.  Duplantis’ friend then told agents who he thought was the real offender.

Agents went to Duplantis’ residence on April 19 and spotted Duplantis on an all-terrain vehicle as they turned down his street.  Agents made contact with Duplantis and a brief struggle ensued as Duplantis fled on foot.  Agents then found Duplantis hiding under his house and arrested him.

Battery of a police officer, misrepresentation of a misdemeanor, and resisting arrest each bring up to a $500 fine and up to six months in jail.  Injuring public records carries up to a $5,000 fine and up to five years in jail.

Fishing without a basic or saltwater license carries a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail for each offense.  Possession of an undersized black drum brings up to a $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Agents participating in the case were Lt. Joseph Arnaud and Senior Agent Nicholas Guillory.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.