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Prosecutor arrested in boat hit-and-run that injured 3 boys

August 16, 2021 GMT

NEW ROADS, La. (AP) — A local prosecutor has been arrested in a hit-and-run boating accident that injured three boys who were being pulled in an inner tube on a Louisiana oxbow lake.

Agents arrested Chris Richard, 64, of Carencro on Monday, on charges of felony hit and run, careless operation of a vessel and negligent injury, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said in a news release.

Richard is an assistant district attorney in Lafayette Parish, news agencies reported.

Lafayette Parish District Attorney Don Landry declined comment, saying he was not aware that Richard had been arrested, The Advocate reported.

The accident broke an 8-year-old boy’s pelvis and also injured boys aged 11 and 14, Wildlife and Fisheries’ enforcement spokesman Adam Einck said in an email Monday.

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Another boat was towing the inner tube when the accident occurred Aug. 8 on False River in Pointe Coupee Parish. Those involved and witnesses told investigators that Richard jumped into the water to check on the juveniles, then returned to his 20-foot (6-meter) pontoon boat and left, the news release said.

Felony hit and run carries up to a $5,000 fine and 10 years in jail, the agency said. The maximum sentence for negligent injury is six months in jail and a $500 fine, while careless operation brings up to 30 days and $300.