Man arrested and accused of interfering with utility repair efforts

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Billy Crain (Courtesy of WPSO)

WASHINGTON PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) – A man was arrested after being accused of interfering with electric utility workers’ storm recovery efforts.

On Sept. 5, deputies from the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call from utility workers when a man was trying to get close to high voltage fuses on overhead electric lines.

The man was later identified by deputies as 60-year-old Billy R. Crain. When confronted by law enforcement and a foreman from the utility company, Crain allegedly became belligerent, according to WPSO.

“Such behavior is not only foolish, but also dangerous,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “While electrical linemen are working hard to restore electricity to parish residences, the last thing they need is an amateur interfering with their work and creating danger for them. I applaud all of our linemen and other utility workers who have put in long hours under very difficult circumstances.”

Crain faces charges of unauthorized entry of critical infrastructure, criminal mischief, resisting an officer, and three counts of public intimidation.

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