Gonzales woman arrested after crash this morning

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Posted: Aug 17, 2010 7:09 PM by Heather Harel
Updated: Aug 17, 2010 7:10 PM
Source: Louisiana State Police

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Topics: Gonzales, arrest, accident, utility poles, LA 621, Philomene Daigle, Ascension Parish Prison, DWI, first offense, hit-and-run, reckless operation of a vehicle, failure to obey a stop sign, Louisiana State Police Crime Lab

A Gonzales woman was arrested this morning after she crashed a pickup into a vehicle and knocked down two utility poles on LA 621 east of LA 44 shortly after 6:00 a.m.

Investigators said 44-year-old Philomene Daigle, Gonzales, was driving a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado and was turning from Roddy Road onto LA 621 when she struck a 2005 Nissan Altima and then continued west on LA 621. She was passing vehicles and driving erratically when she ran off the road to the right, travelled through a ditch and struck several mailboxes. The pickup rolled several times then struck a large utility pole. The utility pole broke near its base and fell on top of the pickup, bringing another utility pole and power lines down to the ground with it.

Authorities said Daigle was confused and agitated and had to be restrained at the scene. She was transported to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital with minor injuries. She was placed under arrest and booked into Ascension Parish Prison when she was released from the hospital this afternoon.

LA 621 remained closed to traffic through the morning while crews replaced the utility poles and removed fallen power lines. The highway was reopened around 12:25 p.m.

Daigle is charged with DWI, first offense, hit-and-run, reckless operation of a vehicle and failure to obey a stop sign. A sample of her blood has been submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for chemical analysis.

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