Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office charged seven people with DWI offenses over the weekend, spanning Friday evening through Sunday. One of those arrested included a man whom deputies caught riding a lawnmower while drunk.
At around 12:15 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, deputies observed a man riding a lawnmower on the shoulder of LA Highway 3162 in Cut Off. Deputies observed the man swerve into the westbound lane of traffic and travel back to the shoulder. Deputies then stopped the man and identified him as Brian Cheramie, 59, of Cut Off. Deputies found Cheramie to have an active Contempt of Court warrant for the Town of Golden Meadow, and he admitted to drinking several beers before riding the lawnmower. He performed poorly on a field sobriety test, and a breathalyzer test showed him to have a blood alcohol level of 0.144g%. Cheramie was arrested and booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on the aforementioned warrant and DWI (2nd Offense). His bond is set at $2,800.
Also on Saturday morning, just after 2 a.m., deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle being driven by Jeffery Harris, 58, of Alabama. The stop was conducted on LA Highway 316 in Bayou Blue. Harris admitted to having smoked marijuana and having consumed alcohol prior to driving. Deputies located a small amount of marijuana in his possession. He refused to submit to a field sobriety test or a breathalyzer test. A warrant was obtained for a blood test, and the results are pending. He was also found to have no valid driver’s license. Harris was arrested and booked with DWI (2nd Offense), Possession of Marijuana, Careless Operation, and no driver’s license. He was released after posting $3,400 bond.
A few hours prior, at around 9:45 p.m. on Friday, May 18, deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling along LA Highway 1 in Raceland. The driver was identified as Denise Sneeze, 32, of Raceland, and she was showing signs of possible impairment. She performed poorly on a field sobriety test, and a breathalyzer test showed her blood alcohol level to be 0.00g%. A warrant was then obtained for a blood test, and the results are pending. Deputies found Sneeze had three prior DWI arrests, and her license was currently suspended due to a recent DWI. She was charged with DWI (4th Offense), driving under suspension, and improper lane usage. She was subsequently released after posting $11,600 bond.
The following individuals were also charged with DWI offenses:
- Tevin Robinson, 26, of Larose was charged with DWI, Carless Operation, and no driver’s license.
- Wynton Young, 22, of Raceland was charged with DWI and speeding.
- Willie Noel Jr., 34, of Marrero was charged with DWI, improper vehicle lighting, and improper lane usage.
- Luis De La Funte Vitela, 28, of Houma was charged with DWI, improper vehicle lighting, and no driver’s license.