Evacuations, road closures follow drunk driving crash in Slidell
SLIDELL - A man was arrested for drunk driving after he lost control of his vehicle, hit a utility pole and then crashed into the side of a Slidell pizzeria on Sunday morning.
Authorities said the crash destroyed the electrical panels for several of the businesses in the area and ruptured a gas line, resulting in the evacuation of nearby businesses and a church in the middle of Sunday morning services.
After 20-year-old Hunter Champagne was taken into custody, several blocks surrounding the site of the crash remained closed for nearly three hours while utility crews worked to stop the gas leak.
Champagne was booked on charges of DWI, careless operation of a motor vehicle and driving with a suspended license.