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Three charged following DWI stop

Last Modified: Tuesday, October 09, 2012 4:42 PM

A man believed to be drunk while driving with two children in his vehicle was arrested over the weekend south of Lake Charles, authorities said.

Marty Courville, 50, of Lake Charles, was carrying two children, 9 and 10 years old, when he was stopped by state troopers Saturday at the corner of Gauthier and Nelson Roads, said Sgt. James Anderson, Troop D spokesperson.

Courville’s blood-alcohol level was .271, three times over the legal limit, Anderson said.

Anderson said that a woman who drove to the intersection to pick up the children, Carolyn Ann Bushnell, 59, of Lake Charles, was also impaired. She had a blood-alcohol level of .197, nearly 2 1/2 times the legal limit, Anderson said.

Troopers contacted the children’s father, who said he had allowed the children to ride with Courville, Anderson said.

Anderson said the father told troopers that he did not think Courville was “that drunk.”

The father was charged with contributing to the neglect of a child and released on summons, Anderson said.

Courville was charged with DWI with child endangerment, driving under suspension and improper lane usage, while Bushnell was charged with a DWI, Anderson said.

Anderson said the children were turned over to relatives.

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