Breaux Bridge PD drops charges against suspected drunk driver
BREAUX BRIDGE, Louisiana (KLFY) – A Breaux Bridge woman wants answers and justice after a suspected drunk driver totaled her vehicle and drove away, before causing several other vehicle crashes.
His attorney, who is now filing a civil suit, says he has serious questions and concerns about how the police department investigated the crash.
Jolesa Broussard says she was driving along Rees Street in June 2021 when a vehicle rammed her from behind, then sped up and hit other vehicles.
An officer suspected the driver was intoxicated, but the victims didn’t find out about those results until nearly a year later.
By the time Broussard discovered the results, the driver’s charges had been dropped.
“Breaux Bridge PD tried to hide everything about what happened in this real accident,” Broussard told News Ten.
Ten months after the accident, Broussard says she became concerned that no charges had been brought against the driver.
Without getting answers from Breaux Bridge police, she made her own searches.
“It took nearly a year to get the toxicology results. Breaux Bridge Police Department was uncooperative. I took it a step further and contacted the state trooper’s office. The state constable’s office gave me the information to Acadiana Crime Lab who then sent me the toxicology report showing me that Mr. Raymond Aguillard was double the legal limit of what we consider intoxicated Broussard said.
Broussard then contacted the court clerk, who told him the police department dropped all charges in May due to a lack of evidence.
This was a month after the ministry had received the toxicology reports indicating that the driver, Mr. Aguillard, was intoxicated.
Reports show his blood alcohol level was 0.18, double the legal limit of 0.08. Yet he has not been charged with a DUI, hit and run or reckless operation.
“The public needs to know what discrimination in law enforcement and a lack of justice is, because I know that if I had hit five or six cars, left the scene, caused two accidents and had double the legal alcohol limit in my system, I would. were taken to jail,” she added.
Broussard, whose car was destroyed and still suffers from his injuries, is now filing a civil complaint.
His attorney says law enforcement didn’t even conduct the most basic investigation. He wonders why the police even had a blood alcohol test done if they ignored the results.
“I am very suspicious about this. I don’t know what favoritism was shown to Mr. Aguillard, if he knows someone at the gendarmerie or is he that incompetent? Are they so numb and immune to someone who might commit such a violent crime? Broussard’s attorney, Steven Bruno, told News Ten.
The laboratory results from the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab states: “Blood alcohol level exceeded legal limit for impaired driving.”
Bruno and Broussard still wonder how that’s not enough evidence to charge the driver with a DUI, at the very least.
“It’s clear that his behavior was due to him being under the influence. Why they didn’t do their job, I have no idea,” Bruno added.
News Ten has contacted Breaux Bridge Police Chief Rollie Cantu and asked why the charges were dropped. Chief Cantu said he could not comment on this incident and said to speak with the prosecutor in this case.
We’ve contacted the prosecutor, Randall Racca, about the charges being dropped. Racca also told us that he could not give any information about what happened, as it is an ongoing matter.