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Impairment suspected in fatal crash

3 years 7 months 1 week ago Wednesday, August 12 2015 Aug 12, 2015 August 12, 2015 9:30 AM August 12, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Joe Hagan

PORT ALLEN- Louisiana State Police say impairment might have played a factor in an interstate wreck that killed a woman in Port Allen.

Troopers say 38-year-old Tasha Nelson was killed in the single-vehicle crash shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday night. The crash happened on LA 415 south of US 190 in West Baton Rouge Parish.

Authorities say 32-year-old Dedrick Varise was driving over an overpass at a high speed when he lost control of his vehicle and ran it off the road. The vehicle crashed into an embankment and Nelson, who wasn't wearing a seat belt, was thrown out of the car. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Varise and the front seat passenger fled the scene on foot. The West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office found the two men and took them back to the scene.

Authorities suspected impairment to be a factor in the crash. Varise was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated, but he had to be taken to the hospital.

Deputies say he will be booked into jail upon his release. A blood sample was taken from Varise and sent to the Police Crime Lab to be analyzed.

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