Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division (LDWF) agents arrested three Walker men in July on charges that stemmed from an operating or driving a vessel while intoxicated (DWI) allegation.
Agents arrested Kyle Corkern, 26, of Walker, for an alleged DWI on the Amite River Diversion Canal on July 8. Arresting agents parked their vessel at the Hill Top Inn Marina while they transported Corkern to the French Settlement Police Department for an intoxilyzer test.
As other agents working on the Diversion Canal arrived at the marina, they observed a male subject jump out and run from the unattended LDWF patrol vessel tied to the pier. Agents made contact with the two male subjects at the scene, but were unable to ascertain what had taken place and the subjects were released.
Agents later discovered that the unattended LDWF vessel had the plug removed allowing it to begin to fill with water. This particular vessel had a bilge pump that was able to keep up and keep the vessel afloat.
After a week long investigation, agents arrested Brian B. Heyse, 25, and Neal D. Corkern, 23, on July 17 for allegedly tampering with an LDWF patrol vessel. Both subjects were passengers in Kyle Corkern’s vessel prior to his arrest.
Agents charged Heyse and Neal Corkern with simple burglary, attempted criminal damage to property, criminal mischief and criminal trespass. Heyse was additionally cited for intentional littering after breaking a bottle in the marina parking lot.
Driving a vessel while intoxicated carries a fine between $300 and $1,000 and up to six months in jail with the chance of losing driving and boating privileges.
Simple burglary brings up to a $2,000 fine and up to 12 years in jail. Criminal damage to property carries up to a $10,000 fine and up to 15 years in jail. Criminal trespassing brings a fine between $100 and $500 and up to 30 days in jail. Criminal mischief carries up to a $500 fine and up to six months in jail. Intentional littering carries a $250 fine and eight hours of community service in a litter abatement work program.
Agents participating in the investigation and arrests were Senior Agent Hal Bridges, Sgt. Randy Lanoux, Lt. Will Roberts, Sgt. Guy Adams and Senior Agent Terry Hicks.
For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or firstname.lastname@example.org.