12 Arrested for DWI on Louisiana Waterways During Operation Dry Water July 2-4, 2022

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Published July 06, 2022

12 Arrested for DWI on Louisiana Waterways During Operation Dry Water July 2-4, 2022

On July 6, 2022, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) reported that in support of Operation Dry Water, the LDWF Enforcement Division arrested 12 boaters statewide for alleged driving or operating a vessel while intoxicated (DWI) from July 2 to 4, 2022.

On July 2, agents arrested:

Christopher L. Cupp, 58, of Ball, Louisiana, on the Cane River in Natchitoches Parish.
Bryan A. Noland, 45, of Napoleonville, Louisiana, on Bayou Magazille in Assumption Parish.

On July 3, agents arrested:

Adam Kertz, 47, of Dry Prong, Louisiana, on the Red River in Rapides Parish.
Peyton Ross, 21, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on the Tickfaw River in Livingston Parish.
Dennis Bussell, 54, of Orange, Texas, on the Old Sabine River in Calcasieu Parish.
Peter M. Janise, 22, of Lafayette, Louisiana, on False River in Pointe Coupee Parish.

On July 4, agents arrested:

Garrett Brown, 20, of Ruston, Louisiana, on Lake D’Arbonne in Union Parish.
Dustin L. Crowe 33, of Denham Springs, Louisiana, on the Blind River in Livingston Parish.
Jeremy Blanchard, 45, of Pierre Part, Louisiana, on the Belle River in Lower St. Martin Parish.
Paul Bergeron Jr, 61, of Napoleonville, Louisiana, on Bayou Magazille in Lower St. Martin Parish.
Kip Robichaux, 59, of Houma, Louisiana, on the Houma Navigational Canal in Terrebonne Parish.
Corey J. Angelle, 43, of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, on the Atchafalaya River in Upper St. Martin Parish.

A DWI on the water in Louisiana carries the same penalties and fines as a DWI on the road, including jail time, fines, and the loss of driving and boating operator privileges.

Anyone arrested for DWI on the water or on the road will lose his or her driver’s license and boating privileges for the duration of the case, as ordered by the judge. Furthermore, whether on the water or on land, each offense of operating a vehicle or vessel while intoxicated counts toward the total number of DWI crimes.

A DWI can be issued in Louisiana to anyone who is operating a moving vessel or vehicle while impaired. The first offense of DWI carries a fine of $300 to $1,000 and up to six months in jail.

Operation Dry Water began in 2009 as a collaboration between the LDWF/LED, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), and the United States Coast Guard. More information is available at www.operationdrywater.org.

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged. A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.