Three accused of joyriding, damaging bulldozers
LIVINGSTON - Sheriff's deputies accused three men of damaging heavy equipment while joy-riding the machines through a work site off Black Mud Road in Livingston last week.
Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard said deputies arrested 22-year-old Cody McLin of Albany, 29-year-old James Henson of Walker and 20-year-old Dustin Olinde of Walker as part of their investigation. They also arrested 24-year-old Brittany Parsons of Tickfaw after deputies said she lied to them about McLin's whereabouts.
The sheriff's office said early Saturday morning they were told about damage to the work site on Black Mud Road. Deputies said they were told people had been tearing up the site with ATVs for the last three nights and damaging bulldozers. Investigators said they later learned McLin, Henson and Olinde had been the ones damaging the site, intentionally ramming equipment to damage them and driving them into water-filled ditches to ruin the engines.
"They really left nothing untouched," Ard said.
Deputies arrested those three on charges of criminal trespass and damaging property. Ard said the damage to the machines was estimated to be around $75,000, but could be higher as the bulldozers are inspected and the full extent of the damage known.