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Lockport councilman charged with third DWI

Lockport councilman charged with third DWI

A Lockport town councilman was arrested Sunday following a two-vehicle crash in Thibodaux, authorities said.

Wayne Bourgeois Jr., 39, of Lafourche Street, was charged with DWI third offense and failure to drive on the right side of the road, State Police said.

In an interview Monday, Bourgeois said he regrets the incident and takes responsibility for his choices.

“It’s not something I’m proud of, but I did it,” Bourgeois said. “Being on the council and on several boards, I stand by whatever decision I make. In this case I made a not-so-smart decision to drive not feeling that I was impaired as I was. It was a bad decision on my part and I have to take credit for what I did.”

According to Trooper First Class Jesse LaGrange, Bourgeois was traveling about 2:47 a.m. when he got involved in a two-vehicle crash on La. 308 just north of La. 3185.

Bourgeois was behind the wheel of a 2018 GMC Acadia SUV and the other motorist was driving a 2018 Nissan Altima, authorities said. Bourgeois crossed the centerline and sideswiped the Altima.

Although Bourgeois was not hurt, the other motorist suffered minor injuries and was transported to Thibodaux Regional Medical Center, LaGrange said.

Bourgeois was arrested on the scene and was taken to the Lafourche Parish jail, where his blood-alcohol level was found to be over the legal limit of .08, LaGrange said. Bourgeois was released Sunday after posting a $10,050 bond.

Bourgeois, elected to the council in 2016, is also the town’s assistant fire chief. He is co-founder of the Community Crusaders of Lafourche, co-founder and board member of the Bayou Lafourche Festival Association and helps organize the Lockport Food Festival.

Bourgeois is scheduled to appear in court July 6.

“I’m human like everyone else and make mistakes,” Bourgeois said. “I don’t fault people for the mistakes they make, but all I can do is take responsibility for what I have done. It wasn’t a smart decision, but thankfully there were no serious injuries. I hope to make smarter decisions from here on out.”

 

-- Daily Comet Staff Writer Dan Copp can be reached at 857-2202 or at dan.copp@houmatoday.com. Follow him on Twitter@DanVCopp.