Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced only a few arrests were made over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The most significant arrests occurred on Friday, May 23, including a woman charged with her 6th DWI and two being arrested during the seat belt and DWI checkpoints.
At around 11:45 a.m. on Friday, patrol deputies in Thibodaux were flagged down by a concerned citizen reporting a reckless driver on St. Mary Street. Deputies observed the suspect's vehicle cross the center line multiple times and initiated a traffic stop Deputies identified the driver as Lisa Callais (W/F, D.O.B. 4/11/1967) of 113 Andras Street in Morgan City. She was exhibiting signs of possible intoxication but refused to submit to a field sobriety test or a breathalyzer test. She eventually submitted to a blood test, and the results are pending at the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab. Deputies discovered Callais had been charged with five prior DWI offenses in Louisiana in the last 10 years, and that her license was currently suspended due to previously refusing to submit to a blood test. She was charged with DWI (4th and Subsequent Offenses), driving under suspension and improper lane usage. She is being held in lieu of $78,000 bond as set by Judge John LeBlanc. She is additionally being held for Terrebonne Parish on a $500,000 bond related to her 4th DWI offense.
During Friday's Seat Belt and DWI Checkpoints, a total of 1,688 vehicles passed through the checkpoints held along LA Highway 308 in Raceland. Deputies made two arrests during the checkpoint, including Dylan Jegart (W/M, D.O.B. 01/04/95) of 2429 Highway 308 in Thibodaux for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and Lamark Bowens (B/M, D.O.B. 03/22/90) of Westwego who was wanted for three contempt of court warrants and a Thibodaux City Court warrant for theft. Jegart is being held in lieu of $2,500 bond, while Bowens is being held in lieu of $5,000 bond and $497 in fines and costs. In all, deputies reported the following violations during the checkpoints: 27 seat belt violations, 4 narcotics violations, 3 expired motor vehicle inspections, 2 driver's license violations, one insurance violation and 8 other violations.
Overall, Sheriff Webre thanked the citizens for making responsible choices for the most part, leading to a safe holiday weekend. "During our checkpoints, we are seeing more and more designated drivers, which is a very positive sign for us," said Sheriff Webre. "We continue to have issues with seat belt violations, but to have so few other violations over a period of several hours, with nearly 1,700 vehicles, is a great indiciation that citizens are, for the most part, being safe and following laws."
The Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office has 15 additional traffic checkpoints, as well as other traffic safety events, scheduled over the summer months in an effort to keep citizens as safe as possible on the roadways.