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Cut Off man convicted of 4th offense DWI

Cut Off man convicted of 4th offense DWI

A Cut Off man was convicted Thursday, November 19th for three offenses arising out of an April 2013 disturbance in South Lafourche.

Anthony Lebouef, 36, was found guilty of fourth offense driving while intoxicated, public intimidation and aggravated flight from an officer after a three-day jury trial.

“I thank the jury for their attention, their service and their verdict,” said Assistant District Attorney Heather Hendrix, who prosecuted the case. “Considering the facts of this case, it was fortunate that no one was injured.”

A Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy initially made contact with Lebouef on West 21st Street in Larose as the officer responded to a complaint of a disturbance. When approached by the deputy, Lebouef refused to exit his vehicle and instead fled the scene, nearly striking the officer. The defendant then led the deputy on a high-speed pursuit through residential neighborhoods. During the pursuit, several other vehicles were forced from the roadway before Lebouef was eventually forced to stop.

While the deputy processed the scene, Lebouef made comments threatening to have the officer fired in retaliation for the arrest, leading to the public intimidation charge. During the subsequent investigation it was determined that Lebouef’s blood alcohol content was above the legal limit, and several open cans of beer were located in the vehicle.

“Our office has always targeted repeat DWI offenders, and for a reason,” said District Attorney Camille A. Morvant, II. “They have historically posed an increasing risk of harm to the public, and this man’s reckless behavior while drunk illustrates that danger.”

The defendant had previously been convicted of DWI for offenses arising in May and December of 2003, as well as December, 2009.

Lebouef faces up to thirty years in prison for the DWI conviction, up to five years in prison on both the aggravated flight and public intimidation charges. Sentencing is set for December 10 at 1:30 before the Hon. John E. LeBlanc.

Lebouef’s vehicle is also subject to seizure as a result of the DWI conviction, and he may also be charged as an habitual offender under Louisiana law because of other prior felony convictions.