St. Charles Parish President Larry Cochran charged with DWI after failing diversion program

St. Charles Parish President Larry Cochran charged with DWI after failing diversion program
St. Charles Parish President Larry Cochran, Jr.

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - St. Charles Parish President Larry Cochran Jr. has been charged with driving while intoxicated after he did not complete an adult diversion program, according to court records.

The Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office also charged Cochran in a bill of information Friday for reckless operation of a motor vehicle.

The charges are related to a DUI arrest on Sept. 2, 2017 in Kenner.

Officers arrested Cochran around 1 a.m. after a witness called 911 to report a 2016 Chevy Tahoe with public licenses plates driving erratically on Loyola Avenue.

Kenner Police Department revealed blood tests after Cochran's arrest found he had hydrocodone, oxycodone, and oxymorphone in his system.

He is scheduled to be arraigned on April 29.

Parish President Cochran released a statement Friday afternoon saying, "Yesterday, I made the decision to resign from participating in the diversion program. That decision was made so I could finish receiving medical procedures for the injuries sustained in the motorcycle accident I was involved in last year. This decision did not come lightly. However, it is one that I needed to make, so I can take ownership of the incident, allowing me and my family to move past it, and to also finish receiving medical treatment needed to fully recover.

I am deeply sorry for the negativity or embarrassment that this has brought to our community, parish employees, and most of all to my family and friends.

St. Charles Parish government will continue to conduct business as usual and will continue to strive to provide high quality, efficient services to sustain and enhance the quality of life for all residents.”

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