Lockport Chief of Police Warren Vedros reported the arrest of a Lockport man who struck multiple vehicles before final crashing into a bridge while trying to evade police. Drake Boudreaux (W/M, D.O.B. 02/04/94) of 198 Linda Street in Lockport faces a number of felony and misdemeanor charges following Tuesday’s incident.
At around 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, patrol officers responded to a multi-vehicle crash in the 600 block of Crescent Avenue. Officers noticed two of the vehicles in a parking lot and noticed a third vehicle, a white pickup truck, leaving a convenient store across the street. Several people were attempting to have the driver of the pickup truck stop, but he ignored them and fled the area. Officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the pickup truck, but the driver, later identified as Drake Boudreaux, continued north on Crescent Avenue and then turned onto Justin Street where he accelerated to a speed of around 60 miles per hour, failing to stop at a four-way stop sign and swerving out of the lane of travel. Boudreaux continued driving at a high rate of speed, traveling through several streets within the Town limits. In the process, he struck a vehicle parked along Barrilleaux Street, and he later struck a railing along the Rita Bridge crossing Bayou Lafourche, which is where his truck finally stopped. Upon striking the bridge railing, Boudreaux continued to resist officers’ commands, and one of the officers utilized a Taser to subdue Boudreaux into compliance. Boudreaux was handcuffed, but he continued to resist officers with force. EMTs with Acadian Ambulance had responded to the scene and attended to Boudreaux, but he refused further medical treatment.
Officers detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage being emitted from Boudreaux’s breath. Officers initiated a Standardized Field Sobriety Test on which Boudreaux poorly performed. He later submitted to a breathalyzer test which showed him to have a blood alcohol content of .161g%. He was also found to have no valid insurance on the truck he was driving.
He was initially transported to the Lockport Police Department where he continued to threaten and resist officers, violently at times, and at one point, he attempted to strike an officer. He was then transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux. There he was booked on charges of DWI (1st Offense), Hit and Run Driving with Injury, Hit and Run Driving without Injury, Reckless Operation with Accident, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Resisting an Officer with Force or Violence, Vehicular Negligent Injuring, and no insurance. He is currently being held in lieu of $66,600 bond as set by Judge Ashly Bruce Simpson.
Two occupants of vehicles from the initial crash on Crescent Avenue were transported to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Lockport Police Chief Warren Vedros has been elected Sergeant At Arms for the State of Louisiana Chiefs of Police Association by his peers during the associations annual conference held July 2013 in Lafayette. Vedros will serve on the executive board responsible for the day to day operations of the association. The association is made up of 254 active members, The association’s membership is made up of elected and appointed Chief’s representing their respective municipalities throughout the State of Louisiana. Louisiana has a total of 314 Municipalities located within the State of Louisiana. Vedros will serve as the association’s President in 2017.