May 30, 2012 10:25 AM by AP

DA: No criminal act by Terrebonne sheriff

HOUMA, La. (AP) - The Terrebonne Parish district attorney says Sheriff Vernon Bourgeois did not commit a criminal act when he called a deputy and urged him to not arrest a Texas man pulled over for drunk driving.

District Attorney Joe Waitz Jr. said he doesn't think Bourgeois' call to deputy Paul Thibodeaux was a criminal act.

Toby Guillory, a Terrebonne native who now lives in Friendswood, Texas, was seen driving the wrong way down a road when he was pulled over April 6. Guillory admitted he was drunk, a police report says, and Thibodeaux was going to book him on DWI and careless operation charges.

The Courier reports Bourgeois' call according to recordings from the sheriff's office's radio room, says he would appreciate it if the deputy would "cut him a break."


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