Sheriff Craig Webre reported 12 individuals have been charged over the last six months in an effort to curb criminal damage to parish boat launches caused by reckless driving. Of those, ten of those charged were adults, while two were juveniles.
"We continue to shine a spotlight on these violations in the hopes that others will take note,” said Sheriff Webre. “These areas are monitored around the clock by surveillance cameras, and residents are also watching. We have successfully tracked down these violators, and we will continue to do so.”
Last week, Trey Falgoust (age 19) of Thibodaux became the latest person to be charged with Simple Criminal Damage to Property and Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle after admitting to reckless driving at the Sanchez Boat Launch in Choctaw which resulted in property damage. Investigators are also looking into other similar incidents which occurred this month.
While recklessly operating a motor vehicle is prohibited, the larger concern is the damage to parish property. In the past, solar lights have been damaged in incidents of reckless driving, and the parish has been forced to re-grade the parking lot several times due to ruts created by this type of activity. This results in tax dollars being spent on costly repairs. Additionally, private property, such as vehicles parked at the boat launch, could be damaged, and any bystanders present at the location could be injured as well.
Investigators have determined that these incidents are occurring mostly on weekdays during the early evening hours. Surveillance cameras are being utilized at boat launches throughout the parish, but Sheriff Webre is also encouraging citizens to assist by logging vehicle information (make, model, color, license plate number etc.) of any vehicle being operated in a reckless manner or damaging boat launch property in any way. Those incidents can be reported directly to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 448-2111, or citizens can report anonymously to Crime Stoppers Bayou Region at 1-800-743-7433.