Last week in West Monroe, 20-year-old Hared Dylan Smith was arrested, and accused of cursing near an elderly woman.

He was officially booked with disturbing the peace through language and disorderly conduct.

The woman, 75, claims that Smith was standing next to her when he yelled an expletive. The arresting officer said in a probable cause affidavit that he "clearly disturbed her peace."

Smith denies yelling the expletive.

Here's an interesting tidbit that I was unaware of:

According to Louisiana law, one of the ways in which a person can be charged with disturbing the peace is by “addressing any offensive, derisive, or annoying words to any other person who is lawfully in any street, or other public place; or call him by any offensive or derisive name, or make any noise or exclamation in his presence and hearing with the intent to deride, offend, or annoy him, or to prevent him from pursuing his lawful business, occupation, or duty."

The penalty for disturbing the peace is up to 90 days in jail, and a fine of up to $100.

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