Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for March 10, 2014

Chase Boitnott, 19
Chase Boitnott, 19

Deputies say man uses job money for cocaine

Deputies arrested a Greenwell Springs man on Sunday accused of accepting $3,500 cash for a home improvement job in January, only to blow the money on a cocaine habit without completing the contracted work.

Raymon C. Martinez, 56, 17128 Ashton Ave., Greenwell Springs, was booked into Parish Prison on Sunday on a count of misapplication of payment by a contractor, booking records show.

Martinez accepted the cash from a Baton Rouge man in late January in an agreement to build an additional bedroom for the man’s home, according to a warrant for Martinez’s arrest.

Instead, Martinez told the Baton Rouge man he spent the money to fuel a cocaine addiction, the warrant says.

Martinez apologized to the Baton Rouge man for doing so and promised to pay him back once he received “his income tax check” in late February, a deputy wrote in the warrant.

By March 4, the Baton Rouge man still hadn’t received the money, nor had he heard from Martinez, who refused to meet in person with investigators, the warrant says.

Police: Man punches 2 for dancing next to ex

A 19-year-old Walker man was arrested early Sunday morning after he punched two people he saw dancing near his ex-girlfriend at the Texas Club on North Donmoor Avenue.

Baton Rouge police booked Chase Boitnott, 19, 33749 Natures Way, Walker, into Parish Prison on counts of second-degree battery and simple battery, booking records show.

Boitnott told an investigator “he and his ex had recently broken up and he saw her dancing with another guy,” according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Boitnott then became angry, barreled through the crowd to get to the dance floor and punched two people, knocking the first man unconscious, the affidavit says.

Bouncers quickly grabbed Boitnott and brought him to “the peace room” until a police officer arrived, the affidavit says.

Eight arrested for suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least eight people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

Evan Albardo, 25, 44 Creagan Road, Gretna, first-offense DWI, passing in a no-passing zone, reckless operation, failure to maintain control of a vehicle and speeding.

Corey David, 21, 63005 Belleview Drive, Plaquemine, first-offense DWI and driving over a median.

Joshua Guste, 21, 430 Florida Blvd., New Orleans, first-offense DWI, passing on the right and reckless operation.

Kirk Jackson, 44, 1213 Boreas Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage, reckless operation and following to close.

Victoria Landron, 24, 780 NW 35th Drive, Oakland Park, Fla., first-offense DWI, drinking in a motor vehicle, reckless operation and headlights required.

William Simon, 23, 1215 W. Lakeview Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, failure to signal while turning, driving on a controlled access roadway, failure to yield for a private driveway violation and reckless operation.

Laborn Wells, 35, 3270 Monroe St., Baker, first-offense DWI, making an improper turn and reckless operation.

Kayla Winston, 25, 44482 Braud St., Sorrento, first-offense DWI, disobeying a red light and reckless operation.

Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.