5 men arrested for hunting rabbits outside a law enforcement agent's house
(WVUE) - A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agent arrested five men for allegedly hunting illegally on his property in Claiborne Parish on New Year's Day.
Lt. Kenneth Balkom cited Justin S. Wren, 34, of Monroe; Christopher L. Wren, 23, of Shreveport; Jordan M. Wren, 26, stationed in Atsugi, Japan; Aaron C. Kilpatrick, 27, of Katy, Texas; and Joseph B. Ralston, 27, of McKinney, Texas, for hunting rabbits during night hours, hunting from a moving vehicle and from a public road.
The agent was off duty at his home about 10 miles east of Minden around 11 p.m. when he heard a UTV being operated on Sexton Road outside of his house. He went to a window to get a closer look and saw the UTV with a spotlight shining on his hay field.
Lt. Balkom got into uniform and quickly stopped the men inside the UTV. Lt. Balkom found the men in possession of three rabbits, a spotlight, one rifle, one pistol and three shotguns. Lt. Balkom also found a bag of marijuana on Christopher Wren. Lt. Balkom seized the guns, marijuana, rabbits, spotlight and UTV and booked the men into the Claiborne Parish Jail.
Justin Wren was also cited for operating a utility task vehicle (UTV) on a public road and open container of alcohol in a moving vehicle. Christopher Wren was also cited for possession of marijuana, illegally carrying of a weapon while in possession of marijuana and open container of alcohol in a moving vehicle.
Possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia each brings up to a $500 fine and six months in jail. Possession of a firearm while in possession of illegal drugs carries up to a $10,000 fine and between five and 10 years of prison.
Hunting during illegal hours and hunting from a moving vehicle each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. Hunting from a public road carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Open container of alcohol in a moving vehicle brings a $100 fine.
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