Mandeville Mayor Donald Villere, who was given a citation for public urination on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway last Thursday, asked the officer writing the ticket for “a little help being (that) he was running for re-election,” according to a police report obtained by The New Orleans Advocate through a public records request.
When that didn’t work, Villere called Carlton Dufrechou, general manager of the Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission, later that night as well as the next morning in hopes of getting out of the ticket.
But Dufrechou, like the officer, declined to cut the mayor a break.
Villere acknowledged the citation Saturday, saying that he had stopped to relieve himself because he suffers from a medical condition that had flared up as he was riding home from a “private event” on the south shore. Villere was not driving.
The police report does not indicate that Villere told the officer about his medical issue.
According to the report, the officer asked Villere what office he was seeking, and he replied, “Mayor of Mandeville.”
Villere admitted asking the officer for a break, saying he did so largely because he considered the matter embarrassing. But he emphasized that he did not try to get out of the ticket by citing his position, saying he only answered when the officer asked what position he was seeking.
“Officer (Christopher) Galloway advised Villere that he was going to do his job no matter (what) the situation was,” the report says.
Dufrechou said that Villere called him that night, shortly after he had been stopped, and again the next morning shortly before 8 a.m.
The driver of Villere’s vehicle, a Chevy Tahoe, was checked for impairment, and Galloway did not detect an odor of alcohol on his breath, the report says.
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