Lafourche boys arrested for throwing rocks at cars
Four teenage boys have been arrested for throwing rocks off a railroad bridge just south of Thibodaux.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff's detectives say the boys, who are all 14 and 15, threw rocks at about 50 vehicles passing underneath the bridge on Louisiana Highway 1 on Nov. 2, hitting as many as 30.
One person was taken to a hospital after a window shattered for fear that glass had landed in an eye.
The four juveniles are each charged with criminal damage to property and authorities said additional charges are possible. All were released to the custody of their parents.
So far, six people have filed complaints, claiming damage worth a total of $10,000. Authorities are encouraging other victims to come forward.
Several vehicles, including Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre's car, were damaged in a similar incident in June 2007 on Louisiana Highway 308. The same bridge crosses Bayou Lafourche and both highways 1 and 308, which parallel the bayou on opposite banks.
Webre and two others had vehicles were damaged by paint ball pellets and rocks. Webre, whose windshield was shattered, arrested to teenagers at the scene. Two others were arrested later.
"I want to let the youth of this parish know this is not `fun' or `cool,'" Webre said in a statement. "Intentionally damaging others' property is a serious crime. Aside from damaging vehicles, these actions could have unintended consequences such as a wreck or even a fatality."