WFP Sheriff's Office

Good Decisions Make For Good Outcomes

BY: Amy Betts, WFPSO DAACeric searcy cropped

For as long as Eric Searcy can remember he has always loved baseball. As he grew older it became apparent that he was a skilled athlete in the sport and he dreamed of one day being a pitcher at the College World Series. 

As a freshman with the Ragin’ Cajuns at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, he was considered a “preferred walk-on” for the first semester. Once he finished the semester, he learned that he had earned a real position on the baseball team. On December 5th he and a few other friends got together to celebrate and then Searcy headed home.

The next day he can remember is January 7th, almost a month later. 

Searcy woke up in a hospital, on life support, and paralyzed. He learned from his parents that he had been in an accident on December 5th and had been hit broadside by a drunk driver, who had run a red light going 70 miles per hour. Three vertebrae were broken in his neck and his spinal cord was severed.  

After multiple surgeries and many years in rehabilitation, he is able to move his head and has regained much of the use of his arms, but he is still in a wheelchair. 

Searcy graduated from L.S.U. with a B.S. in Business Administration, and later went back to L.S.U. and earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, with a concentration in Health Care Administration.

Searcy’s message is quite simple. He doesn’t want anybody to feel sorry for him because he doesn’t feel sorry for himself. He says he has a good life, and that he loves his life, but he hates the way he has to live. 

“It only takes one bad decision to lead to a bad outcome. There were five friends with the drunk driver at the bar that night and none of them took the car keys away from him,” said Searcy. One person drove drunk and since nobody stopped him, Searcy’s life and the lives of his family and friends have been forever changed.

Searcy’s life’s dream to pitch in the College World Series was stolen from him. When the Ragin’ Cajuns went to Omaha to play in the College World Series, Searcy should have been there. Instead, he was in a rehabilitation facility trying to learn how to breathe on his own and how to function as an individual.

A bad decision like that of the drunk driver happens at least once every day in the State of Louisiana. Searcy wants each individual to understand the importance of making good choices, because good choices make good outcomes. As he put it, “You read about it happening in the newspaper or hear about in on television, but you never think it’s going to happen to you.” He is proof that it can happen to anybody.

The West Feliciana Parish Drug and Alcohol Awareness Council, the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office, and Entergy Corporation brought Eric Searcy to speak to the students at West Feliciana Middle and High School on September 12. The students in both groups were spellbound as Searcy told his story.

Sheriff's Report 9-7-14

sheriff new logo 2014SHERIFF J. AUSTIN DANIEL
REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:


09-04-14  Dimitris J. Rucker  36  St. Francisville, LA
Bench Warrant Driving While Intoxicated 1st Offense

09-07-14  Henry G. Hanchey, Jr.  38  St. Francisville, LA
Domestic Abuse Battery Child Endangerment 

09-07-14  Justina M. Rice  25  St. Francisville, LA
Domestic Abuse Battery Child Endangerment 

09-08-14  Caleb Rogers  22  St. Francisville, LA
Aggravated Assault; Disturbing The Peace 

09-08-14  Princetta Stephens  20  St. Francisville, LA
Disturbing The Peace 

09-08-14  John L. Washington  29  St. Francisville, LA
Bench Warrant Criminal Neglect (3 Counts)

09-09-14  Darin M. Hunt  48  Wakefield, LA
Distribution Of Marijuana To An Undercover Police Officer 

09-10-14  Raymond R. Lewis, Jr.  26  Monroe, LA
Possession With Intent To Distribute Marijuana 


WF couple arrested for cruelty to a juvenile

sheriff new logo 2014Damien Davis, 34, has been arrested for second degree cruelty to a juvenile, and Blair E. Baker, 29, has been arrested for principal to second degree cruelty to a juvenile. Both were residing at 11208 HWY 61 in St. Francisville at the time of their arrest. 

Davis was arrested on July 9 and a 75,000 bond was set. Baker was arrested on August 8 with a 10,000 bond. Both have bonded out.
 
Child Protective Services have been notified and are continuing to investigate the case along with the WFPSO.

 

Sheriff's Report, 8-24-14

sheriff new logo 2014SHERIFF J. AUSTIN DANIEL
REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS:



08-26-14  Kevin I. Guidry, Jr.  22  Abita, LA
Speeding 73/45; Driving Under Suspension 

08-28-14  William Nixon  34  Jackson, LA
Bench Warrant Criminal Mischief 

08-28-14  Renard Russell  45  Angola, LA
Aggravated Second Degree Battery   

 
WFPSO LITTER ABATEMENT:
August 25 - 28, 2014                        
114 Bags 

West Feliciana man dies after tree falls on truck

Danny Daniel, 64, of 11646 Powell Station Road in St. Francisville passed away August 30, 2014 at around 11:30am after a large pecan tree fell onto his vehicle during inclement weather. Daniel was pronounced dead at the scene.

Daniel and another man were loading items into his truck at his barn. Just as the men were pulling away, the tree fell and landed lengthwise on top of the truck. A large limb landed directly on the driver’s side, crushing the cab. The man helping Daniel, who was in the passenger seat, was uninjured.



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