Gas company alleges driver purposefully dumped 8,000 gallons of fuel to make weight

Gas company alleges driver purposefully dumped 8,000 gallons of fuel to make weight
Gauge Juneau (Source: Harrison County Judicial Records)

Deputies with the Harrison County Sheriff's Office have arrested a Louisiana truck driver accused of emptying more than 8,000 gallons of fuel onto the ground of a gas plant in order to defeat a scale.

Gauge Juneau, 27, of Cottonport, Louisiana, is charged with criminal mischief.

According to an arrest affidavit, a deputy was called to a gas plant in the 100 block of Private Road 1133 on Wednesday. The plant manager said Juneau had emptied fuel on the immediate ground within the plant and did it in order to defeat the scale. The manager said the gas plant is regulated to not exceed 80,000 pounds of fuel for transit and Juneau initially entered the scale weighing 82,000 pounds that he self-loaded onto the tanker.

The 1,187 pounds difference equates 8,130 gallons of fuel at a value of $10,326.30, according to the affidavit.

An environmental service official came to the scene and estimated Juneau caused $20,000 to repair, replace or re-condition the property and environment.

Juneau was arrested on the scene. He is being held on a $7,500 bail.

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