Sheriff's Office notifies parish of those failing to appear in court.

Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Major Kevin Hanna reports the Sheriff’s Office is continuing its efforts in the parish to arrest individuals that are failing to appear in court after being arrested on felony and misdemeanor criminal charges. The ongoing initiative is “OPERATION NO SHOW.”

Persons who are arrested on criminal charges are entitled to a bond.  Upon bonding from jail the individual is given notice to be in court on a specific date.   The following individuals ignored their court date which subsequently led to a bench warrant being issued by the court for failure to appear:

Michael Berzas, 46, of 18014 Autumn View Drive, Prairieville, is wanted on a felony bench warrant for felony theft.

Henry Tidwell, 49, of 45067 Gold Place Road, St. Amant, is wanted on a felony bench warrant for possession of CDS II, distribution of CDS III, and distribution of CDS I.

Glenn Gudery, 58, 11058 Beco Road, St. Amant, is wanted on a felony bench warrant for public intimidation, simple assault, trespassing, and disturbing the peace.

Michael Rabalais, 53, 12043 Roddy Road, Gonzales, is wanted on a felony bench warrant for possession of CDS II, driving under suspension, possession of alcohol in vehicle, expired license plate, and expired MVI.

Terry Bercegeay, 34, 14375 Harry Savoy Road, St. Amant, is wanted on a felony bench warrant for possession with intent to distribute CDS I, possession with intent to distribute CDS II, possession of drug paraphernalia, improper brake lights, and driving under suspension.

"In an effort to reduce these felony bench warrant numbers, the Sheriff’s Office is airing a photograph and name of a person that has failed to appear in court," Major Hanna said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office at 225-621- INFO (4636) or Crime Stoppers at 225-344- STOP (7867).

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