Two Drivers Facing DUI Charges After Fatal Collision
A crash involving two alleged drunk drivers in Calcasieu Parish has left one passenger dead. An article on this emerging story is available here.
According to Louisiana State Police Troop D, the two-vehicle collision occurred south of Lake Charles at the intersection of State Highway 385 (Gulf Highway) and Tank Farm Road.
Troopers say a 53-year-old Bell City man failed to yield to oncoming traffic while turning his pickup truck onto Tank Farm Road from southbound 385. His vehicle was struck on the passenger side by a 37-year-old Lake Charles woman in a 2005 GMC Sierra.
About the Accident
The male driver was seriously injured in the collision and was transported to an area hospital for treatment. Police say neither he nor his passenger were wearing seat belts at the time. The female driver, who was properly restrained, was treated for minor injuries.
The male driver’s front-seat passenger sustained life-threatening injuries. According to an additional news source, he succumbed to those injuries in a local hospital several days later.
About the Arrests
Authorities obtained toxicology samples from both drivers. The samples have been submitted for laboratory analysis. The crash remains under investigation and additional charges may be filed against both drivers.
The man was cited for a first-time Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) offense. He was also charged with vehicular negligent injuring, failure to yield while turning, and failure to wear a seat belt.
The woman initially refused to provide a toxicology sample. An on-call judge approved a search warrant, allowing police to obtain a blood sample without consent. She also provided a breath sample at the scene, which revealed a Blood Alcohol Concentration of more than twice the legal limit.
She was charged with a third-time DWI offense, as well as driving on a suspended license and possession of an open container of alcohol. She was booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center.
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