|Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested a Gramercy man for alleged operating or driving a vessel while impaired (DWI) on April 7 in St. Martin Parish.
Agents arrested Bobby McClung, 60, for DWI on the water, possession of marijuana, taking commercial fish without a commercial fishing license and commercial gear license, and failing to comply with engine cutoff switch regulations.
Agents were on patrol in the Atchafalaya Basin when they made contact with McClung commercially fishing for crawfish. Agents noticed that McClung was holding the vessel kill switch lanyard in his hand, had marijuana in the vessel and did not possess the required licenses for commercial harvest of crawfish.
Agents detected that McClung was impaired and escorted him back to the Belle River Public Boat Launch to conduct a field sobriety test that he failed.
Agents booked McClung into the St. Martin Parish Jail. Agents seized and returned six sacks of crawfish to the water alive.
Possession of marijuana carries up to a $500 fine and six months in jail. DWI brings a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail. Taking commercial fish without a commercial fishing license or commercial gear license carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each offense. Failing to comply with engine cutoff switch regulations brings up to a $50 fine.
Agents participating in the case are Corporal Brent Hebert and Lt. Scott Dupre.