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Arrests of Note: May 21-22, 2014

5/23/2014 by Brennan Matherne

At around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, patrol deputies responded to a motel on St. Mary Street in Thibodaux in reference to a suspicious woman sleeping outside a motel room. Upon arrival, deputies were approached by the woman who identified herself as Keisha Benoit (W/F, D.O.B. 12/03/78) of 219 St. Charles Bypass Road in Thibodaux and stated she had been locked out of her motel room. Deputies found the door to the room to be ajar and made contact with a man inside, identified as Nicholas Benoit (W/M, D.O.B. 01/08/89) of 103 Nita Drive in Thibodaux. Deputies noticed an orange pill bottle on a table, along with a weight scale and smaller plastic bags. Nicholas Benoit voluntarily consented to a search of the room in which deputies also located 5 separate bags containing a total of approximately 4.5 grams of suspected Methamphetamine, as well as several pills, including Clonazepam, Xanax, Ambien pills, and other pills available only by prescription. The pills were found separated into bags and quantities consistent with distribution. Agents with the Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force arrived on scene to assist and found additional pills and paraphernalia. Both were arrested and booked into Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux. Each was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Ambien, Xanax, and Clonazepam, as well as Possession of a Legend Drug without a Prescription. Nicholas Benoit is being held in lieu of $30,500 bond as set by Judge John LeBlanc. During the booking process, Keisha Benoit was also found to have a bag containing narcotics concealed on her person and was additionally charged with Taking Contraband to a Penal Institution. She is being held in lieu of $45,500 bond as set by Judge LeBlanc.
During the late night hours of Wednesday, May 21, just before midnight, deputies were stationed at a Thibodaux truck stop when they noticed a pickup truck pull into a parking space and make impact with the sidewalk directly in front of the space and brake suddenly. Deputies approached the driver, later identified as Rolins Anslum (W/M, D.O.B. 12/12/87) of 232 Redwood Street in Houma, to check on him. Upon making contact with Anslum, deputies noticed the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath and learned Anslum’s driver’s license was expired. Anslum performed poorly on a Standardized Field Sobriety Test, and later submitted to a breathalyzer test which showed him to have a blood alcohol content of 0.204g%. He was arrested for DWI (3rd offense) and Expired Driver’s License, and he was booked into the Detention Center where he is being held in lieu of $16,000 bond as set by Judge LeBlanc.
At around 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 22, patrol deputies stationed along LA Highway 308 in Raceland observed a motorcycle traveling at a speed of 76 miles per hour in a posted 40-mile-per-hour zone. Deputies initiated a traffic stop and identified the motorcycle operator as Michael Premeaux Jr. (W/M, D.O.B. 01/23/85) of 115 Hickory Lane in Thibodaux. Deputies noticed a strong odor of alcoholic beverages n Premeaux’s person along with other signs of possible intoxication. Premeaux admitted to consuming alcohol prior to driving and performed poorly on a Standardized Field Sobriety Test. He later submitted to a breathalyzer test which showed him to have a blood alcohol content of 0.131g%. Deputies further discovered Premeaux was driving with a suspended license from a previous DWI charge, and did not have an ignition interlock device on his vehicle as ordered by the court. He also did not have valid insurance, nor did he have a motor vehicle inspection sticker on the motorcycle. Premeaux was arrested and booked into the Detention Center on charges of DWI (4th offense), speeding, no insurance, no motor vehicle inspection, no ignition interlock device and driving under suspension. He is being held in lieu of $58,000 bond as set by Judge LeBlanc.