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Youngsville Council member says she's going to resign

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Posted at 9:42 AM, Mar 30, 2023

Youngsville Council Member Kayla Menard Reaux has announced that she will resign from her position.

"I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have served as your elected official and to have contributed to our community," Reaux said in a statement. "However, I must acknowledge that I have fallen short of the high standards I set for myself as a community leader."

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The announcement was released Thursday morning, on the heels of an investigative article posted by The Advocate this past weekend. The story was about an incident that happened last fall, when Reaux crashed into a parked vehicle around midnight, after leaving Police Chief Rickey Boudreaux's house.

KATC heard rumors of an impending resignation on Wednesday, and we reached out to the Secretary of State. Public officials in Louisiana must submit their resignation to that office. A spokesman said they had not received anything from Reaux. Youngsville's city attorney confirmed that she had submitted the resignation but as of Thursday afternoon it hadn't arrived in Baton Rouge yet. Since the original of the signed and notarized letter must be submitted, most of them are mailed.

The Advocate obtained body cams from the Youngsville officers who worked the crash, and it showed Reaux refusing to cooperate until the chief arrived - after she called him. Although she gave the officers contradictory answers as to whether she was driving under the influence, she was never given a citation or a field sobriety test of any sort; the chief sent her on her way.

After the story was posted, Reaux said on her Facebook page that she was distracted, tired after a long drive from another state that day, and also had a head injury from the crash. To read The Advocate's original story, click here.

To read our coverage of this situation, click here, here and here.

We'll have more on this story, as well as coverage of tonight's meeting, later today on KATC TV3.