Boating Accident on False River
false river resident

Lafayette, LA

#411 Jun 19, 2009
both drivers were over the legal limit and the younger driver had marijuana in his system. the advocate has the following story:

NEW ROADS ó The boat driver who died along with two friends in a collision on False River last month was legally drunk at the time, investigators said today.

Christopher W. Austin, 20, had a blood-alcohol level over the stateís 0.08 legal limit, said Lt. Donald Salpietra, an investigator with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Austin and friends Sterling Forbes, 22, and Brian Doherty, 21, were killed in a night-time collision with another boat on May 16.

Salpietra declined to say what Austinís exact blood-alcohol level was. He added that an autopsy showed Austin had marijuana in his system at the time of the crash.

Investigators also tested the other occupants of the boat ó Sterling and Doherty ó for alcohol. Salpietra would not say what the results of those tests were, noting that information is not relevant to the investigation.

On June 5, Jerry Jordan of Lafayette, the man believed to have been driving the other boat involved in the collision, was booked with reckless operation of a watercraft and first-offense driving while intoxicated. Jordan posted a $10,000 bond and was released the same day.

Ricky Ward, district attorney for the 18th Judicial District, today said that given the positive alcohol tests for both boat drivers, he is not jumping to conclusions as to who was at fault when the 18-foot ski boats collided.

Ward said he will present all evidence to a grand jury when the investigation is completed.
Meat

Baton Rouge, LA

#412 Jun 20, 2009
ohhhh wrote:
<quoted text>Just as i said at the statr tof this thread , the driver of the boat was in fact intoxicated, i was there on scene as well as the other officers who attempted to question the boat driver , but someone here needed to blast me over my coment , so ive been quiet , and LIKE I SAID , he was intoxicated above the la. legal limit of 0.1 bac !!! good day !!
Two boats full of drunks and drug abusers. One speeding, one without running lights on. One boat no one wearing life jackets. Thats what we know. I don't think you could commit suicide any better other than maybe standing in front of a speeding locomotive. Can anybody associated with false river be surprised this happened? You are truly living in denial if you are still confused. I was laying in bed last night and I heard high performance boats running wide open on the river. Get use to it. This is a way of life that will not change. Its like the death penalty. It doesn't stop people from committing murder but it sure as hell stops people from doing it again. There are 3 people in this world that can't be this stupid again and the survivors probably will never be in this situation again. They are the only ones that will benefit from this because they actually looked death in the eye for a moment.
Meat

Baton Rouge, LA

#413 Jun 20, 2009
false river resident wrote:
both drivers were over the legal limit and the younger driver had marijuana in his system. the advocate has the following story:
NEW ROADS ó The boat driver who died along with two friends in a collision on False River last month was legally drunk at the time, investigators said today.
Christopher W. Austin, 20, had a blood-alcohol level over the stateís 0.08 legal limit, said Lt. Donald Salpietra, an investigator with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Austin and friends Sterling Forbes, 22, and Brian Doherty, 21, were killed in a night-time collision with another boat on May 16.
Salpietra declined to say what Austinís exact blood-alcohol level was. He added that an autopsy showed Austin had marijuana in his system at the time of the crash.
Investigators also tested the other occupants of the boat ó Sterling and Doherty ó for alcohol. Salpietra would not say what the results of those tests were, noting that information is not relevant to the investigation.
On June 5, Jerry Jordan of Lafayette, the man believed to have been driving the other boat involved in the collision, was booked with reckless operation of a watercraft and first-offense driving while intoxicated. Jordan posted a $10,000 bond and was released the same day.
Ricky Ward, district attorney for the 18th Judicial District, today said that given the positive alcohol tests for both boat drivers, he is not jumping to conclusions as to who was at fault when the 18-foot ski boats collided.
Ward said he will present all evidence to a grand jury when the investigation is completed.
Looks like they were both at fault. everybody looses. That must piss off the lawyers who have been sharpening their knives.
meat

Baton Rouge, LA

#414 Jun 20, 2009
Pick up your blue ribbons. Nobody cares that can or will do anything about it. its over. I haven't seen any reply on hear about what the DA or sheriff had to say about what "Peace" said to do. Too much work and the law is going to lie their way out of telling the REAL truth about how many repeat offending voters they let go. He was right in what he said. Walk out on the nearest wharf and listen to the drunks tonight on false river and you will hang your head and cry. We will loose a few kids and adults every couple of years but that will help put a few camps up for sale so a few more idiot's can get on the water sometime instead of the same old ones. Drinking Gin tonight but ain't getting on the water or on the road. I will post in the morning how many screaming, boat racing, beer bottle throwing idiots I see tonight passing by my wharf.
ohhhh

Lettsworth, LA

#415 Jun 20, 2009
meat wrote:
Pick up your blue ribbons. Nobody cares that can or will do anything about it. its over. I haven't seen any reply on hear about what the DA or sheriff had to say about what "Peace" said to do. Too much work and the law is going to lie their way out of telling the REAL truth about how many repeat offending voters they let go. He was right in what he said. Walk out on the nearest wharf and listen to the drunks tonight on false river and you will hang your head and cry. We will loose a few kids and adults every couple of years but that will help put a few camps up for sale so a few more idiot's can get on the water sometime instead of the same old ones. Drinking Gin tonight but ain't getting on the water or on the road. I will post in the morning how many screaming, boat racing, beer bottle throwing idiots I see tonight passing by my wharf.
i like you bro , tell it straight. it is what it is !!!
Theresa

Ponchatoula, LA

#416 Jun 20, 2009
Meat - Everything you say is true. Everything you observe is true. I will not dispute one point you have made.

What I will attempt to challenge is what happens now. Is picking up the Blue Ribbons the responsible thing to do? I have to say absolutely not. It is surrendering, giving up, waving the white flag. Fortunately, I donít own a white flag. Never will.

The law enforcement authorities need to prove they are capable protecting their constituents both on land as well as the water. They can not be everywhere, all of the time. Impossible. BUT, constituents are everywhere, all of the time. It takes the courage to stand your ground, require all laws be upheld and call out the first hypocrite.

From my perspective, requiring law enforcement agencies to be the only form of discipline is a flaw in the current mindset. We must become personally accountable. We must become personally responsible. We must educate ourselves as well as those we raise and care for. It has to start somewhere. Why not now?

I am asking everyone who reads this tread to please chime in regardless of your opinion. It helps to respectfully challenge, debate and either agree or disagree, it is your right. But I have to believe that the majority of us are on the same page. We canít allow status quo on False River. If so, all enjoying it are on borrowed time. There will be injuries and even deaths. It could be someone you care for, someone you know, your child or spouse - you. Donít think it wonít happen to you because no one is exempt.

We are all so fortunate to have such a beautiful body of water to take pleasure in Ė fishing, wakeboarding, skiing, swimming, boat riding, etc. So we, as residents and users of the river must do what we can to make it as safe as possible. To sit idle and accept ďwhat will be - will beĒ is to surrender and let the enemy win. Personally, thatís not in my chemical make up as well as others who I have met and have the pleasure of working beside as a result of May 16th. It is a dedicated group of individuals, diverse in knowledge and experience. Things wonít happen overnight, but they will happen. But it takes a community to implement and adhere.

You have a voice, use it if youíd like. Take some time and learn what is happening within both statewide governmental agencies as well as local. After all, it is your right. If you have questions and are uncertain who to ask? Do like others have, email [email protected] We promise to listen and respond.

Please donít take down your ribbons, please donít surrender. We canít afford toÖ
meat

Baton Rouge, LA

#417 Jun 21, 2009
Well meat got some bad news this morning.

I went to Morels yesterday afternoon around 7:30 to eat supper and there were several boats waiting to pick up and leave on their trailers and there happened to be a wildlife and fisheries agent sitting in his green truck right next to the dumpster for the restaurant. I sat there and watched 3 separate boats get put on their trailers and it was painfully obvious that they were plastered. One boat had two middle aged women on there that could not even hold their heads up. The blond looked like she was about to get sick. The two younger men that were driving the truck almost let the truck roll back into the water twice while trying to pull out. I was 25 feet away and the officer was about 50 feet away and in a position to see exactly what I was seeing. The people were smart though because they pulled out and went to the top of the hill across from the catholic church before letting the drunks get out of the boat where no one could see them. The driver was not so drunk that he was head bobbing like the women but he certainly had his share! Right in front of the wildlife agent. I guess someone is going to reply and tell me I should have went up to the wildlife agent and made an issue out of his inactivity but I aint going to do that. It's right infront of their eyes and they are ignoring it. If you want to live don't go on false river at night.

And on the subject of the drunks passing by my wharf last night, there were too many to count. Screaming rebel yells and profanity. Not everyone was drunk and doped up I guess but sober people don't act like that. High boat speeds everywhere.

If you want to live don't go on false river at night. At least in the daylight you can see the idiots coming and have a chance to run for your life. What is wrong with our law enforcement?
BH Bud

Baton Rouge, LA

#418 Jun 21, 2009
I refuse to believe that a WLF enforcement agent turned a blind eye to what you described. Maybe what you saw is not what he observed. Maybe you should have been proactive and talked to the agent -- they are all very approachable. I bet Theresa would have handled the situation a bit differently.
across the river

Livonia, LA

#419 Jun 21, 2009
unfortunatlly "meat" is telling the truth. I've seen this myself. This was a few years back but I saw WLF and a parish boat talking to some boats and they were all drinking in front of them. Now like I said this was a few years back but I think that it takes a horrible accident like what happened open peoples eyes. I know it opened mine. I will be much more cautious out on the water now and always watch the other guy you never know what a person has in their mind to do. We are not mind readers. We all need to slow down so that things of this nature can be avoided.
across the river

Livonia, LA

#420 Jun 21, 2009
To change the mood...All you wonderfull dads have a great day and if you are on the water becarefull and enjoy everyday like it was your last.

“La Grimasse!!”

Since: Mar 07

Ventress

#421 Jun 21, 2009
Meat, are you from here?

The reason I ask is that folks up here call them piers...

Wharf is what we call them down the bayou...first time I said wharf they all looked at me like I was nuts

same thing with bulkhead=seawall
Jarreau89

Jennings, LA

#422 Jun 21, 2009
meat wrote:
Well meat got some bad news this morning.
I went to Morels yesterday afternoon around 7:30 to eat supper and there were several boats waiting to pick up and leave on their trailers and there happened to be a wildlife and fisheries agent sitting in his green truck right next to the dumpster for the restaurant. I sat there and watched 3 separate boats get put on their trailers and it was painfully obvious that they were plastered. One boat had two middle aged women on there that could not even hold their heads up. The blond looked like she was about to get sick. The two younger men that were driving the truck almost let the truck roll back into the water twice while trying to pull out. I was 25 feet away and the officer was about 50 feet away and in a position to see exactly what I was seeing. The people were smart though because they pulled out and went to the top of the hill across from the catholic church before letting the drunks get out of the boat where no one could see them. The driver was not so drunk that he was head bobbing like the women but he certainly had his share! Right in front of the wildlife agent. I guess someone is going to reply and tell me I should have went up to the wildlife agent and made an issue out of his inactivity but I aint going to do that. It's right infront of their eyes and they are ignoring it. If you want to live don't go on false river at night.
And on the subject of the drunks passing by my wharf last night, there were too many to count. Screaming rebel yells and profanity. Not everyone was drunk and doped up I guess but sober people don't act like that. High boat speeds everywhere.
If you want to live don't go on false river at night. At least in the daylight you can see the idiots coming and have a chance to run for your life. What is wrong with our law enforcement?
Well, if you saw what you say you saw, then you are part of the problem.
Jarreau89

Jennings, LA

#423 Jun 21, 2009
And, I will be forwarding your post to the head of W&F Enforcement. I am sure that he will look into the matter. And, we must remember that riding while intoxicated is not against the law - driving the boat is.
another person

United States

#424 Jun 21, 2009
The law needs to be like if you were driving a car or truck...no open container...so therefore NO ONE can drink while in a boat on a river/lake/body of water...
Jarreau89

Jennings, LA

#425 Jun 21, 2009
another person wrote:
The law needs to be like if you were driving a car or truck...no open container...so therefore NO ONE can drink while in a boat on a river/lake/body of water...
Legislating behavior doesn't work - look at the number of DWI's you see in the paper - not to mention the numbers that never get prosecuted.

Personally, I drink very seldom and very little when I do. Therefore, I am always the designated driver - whether on the river or in a car. That is the responsible thing to do. It is such a simple solution to a huge problem.
another person

United States

#426 Jun 21, 2009
Jarreau89 wrote:
<quoted text>
Well, if you saw what you say you saw, then you are part of the problem.
No he shouldn't have went and told WLF what he saw...WLF was sitting RIGHT THERE, could see with his OWN EYES...I know of a person that reported a law enforcer once because of a problem of some sort, before it was all said and done, everybody and their mother knew the name of the person that reported the law enforcer, etc etc...and the person that reported was taking stink from everyone for reporting the officer...
another person

United States

#427 Jun 21, 2009
Jarreau89 wrote:
<quoted text>
Legislating behavior doesn't work - look at the number of DWI's you see in the paper - not to mention the numbers that never get prosecuted.
Personally, I drink very seldom and very little when I do. Therefore, I am always the designated driver - whether on the river or in a car. That is the responsible thing to do. It is such a simple solution to a huge problem.
I understand your post but its also like someone else said about this lil organization that is doing all this now since this accident...its not gonna help, there are still gonna be accidents...you make a law, still people don't obey it...
Jarreau89

Jennings, LA

#428 Jun 21, 2009
another person wrote:
<quoted text>
No he shouldn't have went and told WLF what he saw...WLF was sitting RIGHT THERE, could see with his OWN EYES...I know of a person that reported a law enforcer once because of a problem of some sort, before it was all said and done, everybody and their mother knew the name of the person that reported the law enforcer, etc etc...and the person that reported was taking stink from everyone for reporting the officer...
And......

I guess you would be one of those people that stand by and watch a crime happen - someone being beaten, abducted, raped, murdered.....
Jarreau89

Jennings, LA

#429 Jun 21, 2009
I love my friends and family enough not to just sit on the sidelines. I will get involved where I feel that I can make a difference. You choose apathy, I'm so sorry for you. It's a shame that there appears to be no sense of passion or concern for your community that would compel you to get out and do something.
meat

Baton Rouge, LA

#430 Jun 21, 2009
BH Bud wrote:
I refuse to believe that a WLF enforcement agent turned a blind eye to what you described. Maybe what you saw is not what he observed. Maybe you should have been proactive and talked to the agent -- they are all very approachable. I bet Theresa would have handled the situation a bit differently.
Believe what you want, do what you want, I don't care if you believe me or not. I didn't post what I saw with any preconceived notion that it would be believed or not. I posted what I saw. There were lots of people around. This topix community is pretty small but there very well could be another person out there that saw the agent sitting in his truck by the dumpster. As far as my description of the events, they were fresh and clear this morning just like they were yesterday when I couldn't believe there was no one checking out obviously impaired people going from driving on the water to driving on our roads. But lets face it, if our local law enforcement really wanted to stop the wrongful deaths in this parish they would sit by all the bar rooms and clean up those drunks before they get on the road.(NOT going to happen!) I don't have to make this crap up. Just ride around the boat landings and the bars you can get to by water instead of typing on this topic and calling eye witnesses liars!

You people don't want it any different than it is. You like it this way so quit crying and go for a boat ride.

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