St. Amant, LA- A St. Amant man is facing DWI charges after he collided with a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Patrol Boat on Amite River.
Witnesses told authorities they say a watercraft traveling at a high rate of speed May 6th around 7:30 p.m. when it collided with the patrol boat.
The boat operator Gary Miller, 43, was injured in the collision, but was released from the hospital later that evening. LDWF officers suspected he was intoxicated at the time of the accident.
The LDWF agent was not injured in the accident, but the patrol boat had minor damage. However, Miller’s boat sustained major damage.
The results from a blood test revealed that he was well over Louisiana’s legal limit and LDWF agents placed him under arrest. His charges included third offense DWI, reckless operation of a vessel and operating a vessel while under a suspended driver’s license.
Whether a person has been charged with DUI or DWI while driving a car or operating a boat they will need to retain a DWI attorney to work on their defense.
If convicted of the charges, Miller faces one to five years in jail, along with a $2,000 fine. A DWI lawyer will do their best to make certain their clients do not get sentenced to the maximum time in jail.
Prosecutors often ask the courts to give DUI offenders tough penalties to prevent them from driving while intoxicated in the future. However, an expert DWI attorney can appeal to court and are often able to get their clients a reduced charge allowing them to avoid jail and keep their driving privileges.
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