Driver Arrested After Fatal Crash Believed to Have Been Impaired
Louisiana State Police have arrested a driver they believe to have been impaired at the time of his involvement in a fatal vehicle collision in St. Landry Parish. An article on this ongoing investigation is available here.
About the Accident
The two-vehicle collision, which took the life of a 66-year-old Eunice man, took place on U.S. Highway 190 at State Route 752. Authorities say the victim was traveling westbound in his 2001 GMC Yukon when he was struck from the rear and run off the road by a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette.
The victim’s vehicle rolled before coming to rest on its roof in a ditch on the south side of the highway. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Another adult and one juvenile present in the vehicle received treatment at a nearby hospital for moderate injuries. Two other juveniles in the vehicle escaped injury.
About the Arrest
According to an additional news source, the 52-year-old Corvette driver—a resident of Church Point—was not injured in the collision. According to troopers, the driver refused to submit a breath sample to officers who believed he was impaired at the time. Officers obtained a warrant for a toxicology sample, which was sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
Authorities booked the man into St. Landry Parish Jail on charges including vehicular homicide, vehicular negligent injuring, and unlawful refusal to submit to chemical testing. His bond was set at $100,000. The crash remains under investigation.
Drunk Driving Remains a Problem
Drunk driving remains a significant problem in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 29 people in the U.S. lose their lives in alcohol-related vehicle collisions each day.
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