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Mar 23, 2010 4:08 PM by Letitia Walker

Jet Ski Accident Leads to DWI Conviction

From the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries: Judge James McClelland with the 16th Judicial District in Iberia Parish sentenced a Broussard man to second offense driving while under the influence (DWI) on March 17.

Daniel S. Plendl, 23, pled no contest to the DWI offense and was sentenced to serve 48 hours in the St. Martin Parish Jail, two years of supervised probation, 240 hours of community service and pay a fine totaling $965.  Plendl was also ordered to pay for and show successful completion of a driver improvement course as well as attend a victim impact meeting relating to DWI.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested Plendl for suspicion of DWI and Reckless Operation of a watercraft on Aug. 3, 2008.

Plendl was operating a boat on Henderson Bay when he was involved in an accident with a jet-ski.  Agents already on Henderson Bay immediately responded to the accident scene.  Agents found that Plendl had collided with the jet-ski and its operator.  The operator of the jet-ski received serious injuries and was taken to a local hospital by Acadian Ambulance.  During the course of the accident investigation, agents suspected Plendl was under the influence of alcohol.  Plendl refused all field sobriety tests, as well as chemical testing for intoxication.  Plendl was booked into the St. Martin Parish Jail.

Assistant District Attorney Nicholas J. Markowich prosecuted the case.  Agents involved in the case were Lt. Darryl Moore and Sgt. Chris Carpenter.

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