DWI Suspect hits SCSO cruiser while fleeing

Published 8:04 am Sunday, February 27, 2022

On Saturday, February 26th 2022, shortly after 8:00 p.m., a deputy with the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division was actively patrolling Michael St. in Ama, LA when he observed a vehicle leaving a residence at a high rate of speed.
The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, by activating his emergency lights and siren, but the vehicle refused to stop.
While behind the vehicle, the driver intentionally struck the deputy’s fully-marked SUV patrol vehicle. There were no injuries as a result of this incident.
The suspect was ultimately detained on Pats Court in Ama, LA, and placed under arrest.
The suspect, Richard Lepine Jr., a 62-year-old resident of Ama, is being charged with aggravated criminal damage to property, aggravated flight from an officer, domestic abuse battery, DWI, reckless operation, resisting arrest, and simple arson for setting his trailer on fire in the 100 block of Michael St. in Ama, LA.
Sheriff Champagne would like to thank the Luling and Hahnville Fire Departments, as well as the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office for their quick response and services.