CALCASIEU PARISH, LA — Two people were arrested for DWI and a third was issued a summons after a man was found driving a vehicle with two children as his passengers. The arrests were made due to citizen complaints.
The Louisiana State Police reports that the incident happened on Saturday, Oct. 6 at roughly 6:00 p.m. Officials say Marty Courville, 50, of Lake Charles, was located at the intersection of Gauthier and Nelson Road. Troopers issued a traffic stop and conducted a field sobriety test. They determined that he was impaired and a blood test later revealed that he was three times the legal limit.
Courville was placed under arrest and Carolyn Ann Bushnell, 59, of Lake Charles, came to the scene to collect the two children (9 and 10 years old). However, when she arrived Troopers determined that she was impaired as well. A blood alcohol test later determined that she was also nearly three times the legal limit.
The children were then taken to Louisiana State Police Troop D. The father of one child was contacted and he told Troopers that he allowed the juvenile to get in the vehicle with Courville because he didn’t seem “that drunk.” The father was charged with contributing to the Neglect of a Child and was released on a summons. His name was not provided by officials.
The children were eventually turned over to relatives and Troopers contacted the Department of Children and Family Services with the information relative to the incident.
Courville was charged with DWI with Child Endangerment, Driving Under Suspension, and Improper Lane Usage.
Bushnell was arrested for DWI.
To report impaired drivers, motorists are encouraged to dial *LSP (*577) from their cellular phone or to contact their local law enforcement agency. Drive sober or get pulled over.