L.D.W.F. AGENTS ARREST BOAT OPERATOR FOR D.W.I. AND BATTERY OF OFFICER

Release Date: 07/29/2008

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Ouachita Parish man on July 20 for Driving While under the Influence (DWI) 1st offense, resisting an officer and two counts of battery of a police officer. 


Agents arrested Charles E. Gray Jr., 46, of West Monroe, after they observed him operate his boat on the Ouachita River and dock at the Moon Lake Recreational Area boat launch.  Agents suspected Gray of operating a boat while intoxicated and had him perform field sobriety tests.  Gray then submitted to further testing by giving a breath sample at a LDWF Remote DWI Testing Unit where he was found to be legally drunk.


While agents were escorting Gray from the testing unit, Gray became combative and hit one of the agents.  Gray continued to resist and kicked another agent while being subdued. 


Gray was transported to Conway Hospital for treatment of minor injuries he received while being arrested and handcuffed. He was later booked into the Ouachita Parish Correction Center.
 
The penalty for DWI 1st offense is a fine between $300-$1,000 or imprisonment for up to six months.  The penalty for resisting an officer is a fine up to $500, or jail time up to six months or both.  The penalty for battery of an officer is a fine up to $500, or jail time between 15 days and six months without suspension of sentence.
 
Agents involved in the case were Lt. Mike Rockett, and Senior Agents David Harrell, Scott Jeansonne, Stan House and Adam O'Neal.


For more information, contact Capt. Alan Bankston at 318-362-3102 or abankston@wlf.louisiana.gov.


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