While traveling northbound along LA Highway 1 in Raceland on Thursday night, a deputy observed a male subject operating an all-terrain vehicle turn onto LA 1 and begin traveling southbound along the shoulder but partially in the southbound lane. Vehicles traveling southbound on LA 1 were forced to navigate around the ATV to avoid crashing into it. The deputy turned around and attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle. When the ATV operator spotted the deputy, he threw a bottle into a nearby ditch and proceeded to stop in the driveway of a nearby residence. The deputy then approached the ATV operator and identified him as Lonnie Chiasson (W/M, D.O.B. 08/18/66) of 4700 Highway 1 in Raceland. The deputy learned the bottle Chiasson had thrown was a beer bottle, and he noticed Chiasson was unable to keep his balance while standing. While waiting for a second deputy to arrive on scene, Chiasson turned and began running away from the deputy. The deputy pursued and caught up to Chiasson and detained him. Deputies then conducted a Standardized Field Sobriety Test on which Chiasson performed poorly. Chiasson then submitted to a breathalyzer test, and the results showed he had a blood alcohol content of .083g%. Chiasson was arrested and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where he was booked with DWI (4th offense), resisting an officer, and improper equipment on a vehicle (LA RS 32:53). He is being held in lieu of $25,550 bond as set by Judge Jerome J. Barbera III.
JACOB RAINEY & JOSHUA SIMS:
On Thursday afternoon, members of the Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force, including narcotics agents from the Lafourche Parish Sheriffs Office and officers from the Thibodaux Police Department, were traveling on Highway 182 in Bayou Blue when they observed a vehicle pull over onto the shoulder of the highway and turn around to travel in the opposite direction without using turn signals. Task force members initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle at the intersection of Highway 182 and Highway 316. An officer made contact with the driver and identified him as Joshua Sims (B/M, D.O.B. 10/09/87) of 107 Charter Court in Houma. They also discovered Sims had two active contempt of court warrants out of Terrebonne Parish. Agents also recognized the passenger as Jacob Rainey (B/M, D.O.B. 08/04/86) of 185 Als Trailer Park in Gray who had an active warrant for distribution of crack cocaine. While searching Raineys person, deputies discovered approximately 26 gross grams of suspected crack cocaine in Raineys right sock and $433 in cash. Both subjects were arrested and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center. Sims was charged with not using a turn signal and is being held as a fugitive of Terrebonne Parish. Rainey was booked on the aforementioned warrant as well as possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. He is being held in lieu of $25,000 bond as set by Judge Barbera and the warrant.