Suspected beer bandit arrested for 3rd DWI

Suspected beer bandit arrested for 3rd DWI

THIBODAUX, LA (WVUE) - A man suspected of stealing beer was arrested Thursday after deputies found him driving drunk, according to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office.

Shelby Landry, 39, was booked with third offense DWI, driving on a suspended license and driving without a court-ordered ignition interlock device on his vehicle. He was also booked with theft in the convenience store beer incident.

Earlier in the week, deputies investigated a theft complaint at a store on LA Highway 20 in Thibodaux. Investigators said in a man entered the store, grabbed a case of beer and left in a green pickup truck without paying. Through surveillance images, police were able to obtain a partial license plate number on the truck and traced it back to Landry.

At around 4:15 p.m. Thursday, deputies went to Landry's home on Louis Lane in Thibodaux. When they arrived, they saw Landry pulling his truck onto a front lawn.

Deputies said when they approached Landry he appeared impaired and smelled of alcohol. He performed poorly on a field sobriety test refused further testing, including a breathalyzer test. Deputies obtained a warrant and drew a blood sample and took him into custody.

In reviewing Landry's criminal history, deputies learned that he was convicted of his second DWI offense in June 2014. He was required to have an ignition interlock device installed on his truck, and his license was suspended. Deputies found that Landry did not have the device installed.

Landry remains jailed at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux in lieu of $21,000 bond as set by Judge Steven Miller.

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