A man at the helm of a boat that crashed in the Amite River Diversion Canal, injuring LSU cheerleading coach Chico Garcia and three other people, has been arrested, officials said Tuesday.
Jack Riffle, 41, of Baton Rouge, was booked Monday into the Livingston Parish Detention Center on four counts of first-degree negligent injury, operating a boat while intoxicated and reckless operation of a moving vessel, according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Riffle was operating a 19-foot Bayliner Aug. 27 when it struck and became lodged under a canal pier, the release says.
Garcia’s neck was injured in the wreck, an LSU spokesman said. Garcia was moved to a rehabilitation center in Atlanta earlier this month, according to the website cheeringforchico.com.
He has some movement in one shoulder and some sensation in his hands, according to a update posted Tuesday.
Also injured in the wreck were Riffle, his wife, Elizabeth, their 15-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son, the release says.
The Riffles suffered moderate injuries including broken bones or teeth, scrapes and bruises, a LDWF spokesman said at the time.
A blood test performed after the incident showed Riffle was over the 0.08 blood alcohol legal limit to drive, the release says.
Riffle was released Monday after posting $61,500 bond, said Perry Rushing, a Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
Conviction on a count of first-degree negligent injury is punishable by a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of up to $2,000, the release says.
A conviction on a count of first-offense DWI carries a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail, according to the release.
If convicted on a count of reckless operation of a moving vessel a defendant faces a $200 fine and 90 days in jail, the release says.