Three people were arrested by Ascension Parish deputies Saturday night after at least two motorists reported being struck by full 1-gallon water jugs while driving Thursday in the parish, authorities said.
Chance Lambert, 19, of Prairieville, and Layne Goodman, 18, of Gonzales, face one count each of aggravated criminal damage to property, a felony, according to jail records.
James McCormack was also arrested, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Allison Hudson said, but she could not provide his age, hometown or what counts he faces.
Wanda Martin, president of the Galvez-Lake Volunteer Fire Department, on Sunday said Lambert was a volunteer firefighter for the department, but was suspended pending completion of the criminal investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.
In one incident Thursday night along La. 621 between La. 431 and Roddy Road, 29-year-old Jennifer Lavergne said her windshield shattered after it was hit by an object thrown by someone inside a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction.
Another woman, Chantelle “Chae” Mabile, reported noticing her bumper was struck along La. 933 near the Magnolia Run subdivision in Galvez.
Sheriff’s investigators believe both incidents stem from plastic water jugs being thrown at vehicles.
In an email Saturday, Hudson said detectives received “several” reports of drivers with similar damage, but no one has been injured in the attacks.
Galvez-Lake Volunteer Fire Chief Wayne Hill said Sunday Lambert’s alleged involvement in the incidents doesn’t represent other firefighters or the department’s mission.
“Galvez-Lake Volunteer Fire Department is appalled at finding out one of our firefighters was arrested for allegedly being a part of the aggravated criminal damage to property,” Hill said in a news release.