SCOTT — A cowboy twice rode his horse into Cowboy’s Saloon on Tuesday night, lassoed a man in the parking lot, then galloped north down Ambassador Caffery on his horse.
Tammy Guidry said she was at Cowboy’s Saloon with her husband drinking and listening to the bar’s regular Tuesday night entertainer — Dustin Sonnier — when she saw Jeremy Mouton ride his horse through the bar’s entrance.
“All of a sudden we were listening to music and the horse comes through the door. And it was a big horse,” Guidry said. “He came in and nearly clipped the fiddle player.”
Guidry said the noise in the bar startled the horse, which turned around and headed out the door, knocking Mouton’s cowboy hat off when the 26-year-old man’s head hit the top of the door frame.
“But the guy turned (the horse) around and went back in,” Guidry said.
Once the horse and rider were back outside, Mouton lassoed a man twice and bumped him to the ground, said Guidry, who called 911.
Scott Police Chief Chad Leger said the victim, whom he did not identify, did not seek medical attention.
Leger said the incident started late Tuesday night, with the Scott police dispatcher receiving the call at 12:20 a.m. Wednesday about a disturbance at the bar on Ambassador Caffery north of Interstate 10.
Mouton was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on counts of disturbing the peace, remaining after being forbidden, second-degree battery and public intimidation and retaliation. Leger said Mouton had posted bond and was out of jail Wednesday morning.
“The city of Scott is where the west begins, but this is taking it too far,” Leger said, partially quoting the wording on the city’s logo: Where the west begins and hospitality never ends.
The affidavit used in Mouton’s arrest claimed Mouton became extremely drunk at the bar, walked to his truck and trailer in the parking lot, got his horse and rode through the front door.
The affidavit also said Mouton lassoed the victim then, using the horse to pull, dragged the victim around the blacktopped parking lot.
Tammy Guidry and bar employees Tracy Guidry and Roxy Rue said the victim was not dragged.
Tracy Guidry said she’d never seen a tale grow so tall overnight.
“My phone exploded this morning,” said Guidry, a bartender.
Cowboy’s Saloon owner Larry Bacque, who was not at the bar for the ordeal, disputed media accounts of the incident that spread quickly on social media.
Bacque said he knows Mouton, a freelance cowboy who with his brother works for ranchers across Acadiana.
“They’re making a big deal out of nothing,” Bacque said.
According to a news release issued by Scott police, Mouton left the parking lot on horseback and rode to his parents’ home on Renaud Drive. Mouton returned on foot to Cowboy’s Saloon, saw that police were there and hid behind some newly manufactured horse trailers before he was found.
Sgt. Justin M. Dean, who signed the arrest affidavit, said Mouton could face a public intimidation and retaliation charge for a conversation that occurred during booking at the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center.
“While at LPCC, Mr. Mouton told Sgt. Dean that he personally knows his boss and would make Sgt. Dean suffer,” the affidavit states. “He also stated that he would confront Sgt. Dean off-duty in reference to his arrest.”
Chief Leger, who is Dean’s boss, said Wednesday that he’s never met Mouton.