LDWF Agents Arrest Three Subjects for DWIs on the Water

Published 3:49 pm Monday, June 6, 2022

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Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested three subjects for allegedly operating or driving a vessel while impaired (DWI) in St. Martin, St. Mary and Calcasieu parishes.

Agents arrested Justin Lyons, 35, of Dequincy, on May 28 for DWI on Prien Lake in Calcasieu Parish.  Agents arrested James Barham Jr., 35, of Toomsuba, Miss. on June 4 for DWI on the Belle River in St. Martin Parish.  On June 5, agents arrested Nickolas Salisbury, 22, of Jeanerette, for DWI on Bayou Teche in St. Mary Parish.

Agents were on patrol in Prien Lake when they conducted a safe boating inspection on a vessel Lyons was operating.  Agents detected that Lyons was impaired and arrested him and booked him into the Calcasieu Parish Jail.

Agents were on patrol in Belle River when they made contact with Barham Jr. operating a vessel on June 4.  Agents detected that Barham Jr. was impaired and he was arrested and booked into the Morgan City Police Department.

Agents responded to a personal watercraft incident in Bayou Teche on June 5.  Agents learned that Salisbury crashed his personal watercraft and detected he was impaired.  Agents arrested Salisbury and booked him into the St. Mary Parish Correctional Facility.

The penalties for DWI are the same as driving a vehicle.  Anyone cited for a DWI on the water or on the road will lose his or her driver’s license and boating privileges for the specified time ordered by the judge in the case.

DWI brings a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.

Agents participating in the cases are Sgt. Michael Hebert, Corporal Derek Logan, Sgt. Gerald Sander and Senior Agent Jeremy Foret.