Ashton Guidry was banned from the F&M Patio Bar, but he couldn’t quite keep himself away from the Uptown dive.
That’s according to Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies, who said they arrested the son of businessman and prolific political donor Shane Guidry after a drunken melee with bar employees in September.
Deputies said that to make matters worse, the 22-year-old Guidry threatened to call his father as well as one of his father's associates, former Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand, in an effort to get the cops fired.
Ashton Guidry now faces two misdemeanor charges in connection with the incident.
There is no evidence that anyone intervened on Guidry's behalf. Normand said Thursday that he had not even heard about the incident until he was contacted by a reporter.
Ashton Guidry's defense attorney, Michael Thomas, said he could not comment on the arrest because he has not yet received information on it from the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office.
Shane Guidry said late Thursday that his son should not have invoked his influential father, adding: "No one has my permission to use my name for anything, or should they."
The arrest was first reported by political blogger Lamar White Jr. on Wednesday.
Shane Guidry, who has showered his favored politicians — including President Donald Trump and state Attorney General Jeff Landry — with hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign cash, is one of Louisiana’s most influential Republican donors.
In addition to running his family’s oil services company, Harvey Gulf International Marine, Shane Guidry also serves as a special assistant to Landry.
His son is also employed by Harvey Gulf, according to a Sheriff’s Office arrest register and a company news release.
Ashton Guidry entered a plea of not guilty before Criminal District Court Judge Robin Pittman on Monday, according to court records. He is free on $1,000 bail.
Deputies detailed the circumstances leading up to Guidry’s arrest in a one-page affidavit filed in court records.
Sheriff’s Office Lt. Terry Braun said that he spotted Guidry and another person engaged in a fight with employees at the bar at 4841 Tchoupitoulas St. about 1:30 a.m. Sept. 22.
As Braun approached, Guidry reeked of alcohol and his speech was slurred, according to the arrest report.
Braun said that as he placed Guidry in handcuffs, Guidry said “several times” he would get Braun fired by calling his father, Normand, former Jefferson Parish Chief Deputy Craig Taffaro and “several sheriffs.”
Guidry was also until recently a high-ranking reserve deputy with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. He spent more than 23 years in that role, patrolling the streets, eventually rising to become a chief in the reserves before resigning in 2016.
A Sheriff’s Office captain as well as two New Orleans Police Department officers witnessed the altercation at the Patio Bar, according to the arrest report.
As Braun continued to arrest Guidry, he “began using the ‘n*****’ connotation towards” Braun and the cops, the report said.
It does not state specifically what Guidry said. The New Orleans Advocate has filed a public-records request for any video captured at the scene by NOPD officers’ body-worn cameras.
Shane Guidry said Thursday that "young people, as we all have done, do stupid things when they consume too much alcohol," and that his son "is both very sorry and embarrassed by his actions."
The elder Guidry added: "My love for law enforcement is so deep, my blood is blue and Ashton understands this which makes this moment even more shameful." He thanked the officers who handled the matter "for their professionalism and for a job well done."
The bar’s manager told Braun that Ashton Guidry had been banned from the business since late August, according to the report.
He was initially booked on counts of disturbing the peace, public intimidation and criminal trespass, according to court records. Prosecutors accepted the criminal trespass and disturbing the peace charges last month.
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