BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Deputies arrested a man accused of illegally dumping more thousands of tires in Avoyelles and Pointe Coupee parishes.
Daniel Lachney, 52, of Marksville, was arrested Friday after an investigation by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.
In August 2014, Lachney allegedly abandoned and illegally disposed of 622 tires on a property in Lettsworth, and in September 2014, he allegedly dumped more than 2,000 tires on a property he was renting in Hessmer.
Two warrants were issued for Lachney from both Avoyelles and Pointe Coupee parishes.
Lachney was first arrested in October 2015 on a warrant from Avoyelles Parish. After being arrested Friday, Lachney was transported to Pointe Coupee Parish, where he was booked for the second time on a warrant from that parish.
If convicted, Lachney faces up to a year in prison and a $25,000 fine in each parish.
"Skirting environmental laws in order to blatantly pollute our environment will not be tolerated," said DEQ Secretary Chuck Carr Brown. "DEQ will continue to work closely with its local, state and federal law enforcement partners to ensure that anyone found to be conducting illegal waste disposal operations will be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."