Repeat drunk driver given DWI on lawn mower, intimidation charges for threatening officers’ lives, jobs

A 36-year-old Thibodaux man was given a DWI on Tuesday after driving drunk on a lawn mower.


Tuesday night at around 9:30 p.m., Thibodaux Police Officers were called to a report of a subject riding a lawnmower on St. Mary Highway (La. Highway 1) near Ridgefield Road.

Upon arrival, officers located Paul Hebert, 36, of Thibodaux, crossing the intersection on a tractor-style Craftsman Riding Lawnmower.

A traffic stop was immediately conducted and the suspect showed signs of alcohol impairment.



The suspect refused to cooperate with a field sobriety test and refused a breath test.

During testing, TPD said the suspect became irate – verbally and physically – with officers, threatening officers’ lives and also threatening their jobs.

Officers then obtained a search warrant to draw blood from Hebert at the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex, but that was denied because of his behavior.



Blood was later drawn at a local hospital where the suspect had to be physically restrained by police after threatening hospital staff.

Results are pending.

Hebert is charged with DWI (4th and subsequent offenses), and public intimidation.



Both are felony charges.

Bond is set at $21,000.