DUI stop leads to three arrests - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

DUI stop leads to three arrests

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

On Saturday night, 50-year-old Marty Courville was arrested near Gauthier and Nelson Rds. after someone noticed his suspected drunk driving. In this case, the alleged impaired driving didn't result in a crash or fatality, but two children, just nine and 10 years old were in the car at the time.

"That driver was arrested for DWI with child endangerment as well as driving under suspension and improper lane usage" said Louisiana State Police Sgt. James Anderson. 

Even though he was the only driver of that vehicle, he wasn't the only arrest. 

"Another individual was called to the scene to retrieve the children. That driver was impaired as well," Anderson said. "That driver tested about two and a half times the legal limit for alcohol."

A third arrest came when authorities learned that the father of one of the children was aware of Courville's drunk driving. Lucky these drivers didn't cause injuries to anyone, Anderson said the issue of impaired driving is a serious one in the Southwest Louisiana area. 

"Last year, Louisiana State Police Troop D arrested over 1,200 people for impaired driving," said Anderson. "It's certainly a problem in our area and that problem's reflected in our fatal statistics as well."

The law is tough on all drunk drivers, especially those under the age of 21.   

"Blood alcohol limit for someone in the state of Louisiana if they're 21 or above is .08 percent.  If they're below that age of 21 it's .02 grams percent," Anderson said. 

Anderson said planning your night ahead of time, is the best defense.

"We're hoping that people will designate a driver before going out to a party, casino, bar any place where alcohol may be consumed," said Anderson. "Once you get there it's not very likely that you're going to call for a ride so it's important to designate a driver before you go to that event."

The children in the car are now with relatives and the Department of Children and Family Services will conduct their own investigation. 

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