THIBODAUX, LA – A Thibodaux man has been charged with driving while intoxicated for the fourth time after police pulled him over while he was drunkenly riding a lawn mower down the middle of a street.
Thibodaux Police Department officers spotted 36-year-old Paul Hebert riding a Craftsman Riding Lawn Mower down Highway 1 around 9:30 p.m. on July 23.
Hebert showed signs of impairment as soon as the officers got him to stop his lawn mower, according to Sheriff Bryan Zeringue.
After refusing to submit to a field sobriety test, Hebert became irate, resisting the officers physically while making death threats and threatening to have them fired.
The officers obtained a search warrant for a blood sample, but Hebert’s continued erratic behavior prevented the staff at the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex from obtaining a sample, according to Zeringue.
Hebert was taken to a local hospital, where he was restrained by police while a blood sample was taken.
Hebert was arrested and charged with fourth offense D.W.I., and felony public intimidation and threats.
He is currently being held on a $21,000 bail, according to Zeringue.