LSP: Impairment suspect in deadly I-12 wreck

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Posted: Nov 2, 2012 6:20 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Nov 2, 2012 6:20 PM
Source: Louisiana State Police

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HOLDEN - State Police said they suspect an impaired driver caused a wreck which killed a Walker man this morning on I-12 in Livingston Parish.

Troopers said Clifford Morse, 31, of Covington was booked into the Livingston Parish Prison in suspicion of vehicular homicide, hit and run, DWI and improper lane useage.

State Police said Morse's pickup and a car driven by by Timothy Bower, 31, of Walker were headed west on I-12 near Holden when they came upon a vehicle stopped on the shoulder. Troopers said Morse tried to merge left into Bower's lane before noticing the other car, and both vehicles swerved to avoid a collision.

Bower's car crossed the median and vaulted across the eastbound lanes before coming to a rest on the shoulder. Troopers said he was wearing a seat belt, but died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Morse's vehicle kept going until it was stopped by sheriff's deputies, who brought him back to the scene of the crash.

Troopers submitted blood samples from both Morse and Bower to the state crime lab, but said they do not expect Bower was impaired.

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