THIBODAUX — One week after his son pleaded guilty to fleeing Lafourche Sheriff’s deputies during a February encounter in Gheens, Lafourche Parish Councilman Lindel Toups Sr. has challenged three drug task-force agents to take a lie-detector test.
Toups believes John Champagne, Trent Duplantis and Adam Dufrene should have to take a polygraph test to determine whether they were telling the truth about a Feb. 13 incident on the Gheens Road where they arrested Toups’ son, Lindel Jr.
Lafourche Sheriff Craig Webre rejected Toups’ requests, dismissing them as "silly" and "foolish."
"It’s absolutely absurd that Lindel would have his head buried in the sand that much that he would make those comments," Webre said.
Lindel Toups Jr., 38, of 130 Hyland Drive, Gheens, pleaded guilty last Monday to aggravated flight from an officer, regarding the incident, where he ran a deputy’s car off the road, after they tried to stop him for making an illegal U-turn.
Toups believes lie-detector tests would vindicate his son, Lindel Jr., who he maintains pleaded guilty out of his own best interest.
Toups added that he had four witnesses who refuted the deputies’ claims about his son’s behavior.
District Judge Bruce Simpson sentenced Lindel Jr. to 27 months in prison, a sentence that the elder Toups said could have been much harsher had his son gone to trial