Posted: Jan 4, 2012 12:23 PM
WALKER - A late afternoon crash injuring two women and a child Tuesday resulted in the arrest of a driver who police say was three times over the legal limit.
Police arrested Jason R. Rodrigue, 34, for first offense DWI and careless operation of a vehicle.
Authorities say Rodrigue was driving westbound on Florida Boulevard near Walker South Road when he crossed the center line and struck a car with a mother, her two-year-old daughter, and another woman inside.
Firefighters were called out to extract the female passenger who received moderate but non-life-threatening injuries. The mother and daughter received minor injuries.
Police say they then questioned Rodrigue and noticed an odor of alcohol and that he had trouble keeping balance. Witnesses also said they saw Rodrigue throwing empty beer cans from his truck after the accident.
Police administered a Breathalyzer test which they showed he had a .231 blood alcohol content (BAC) rating. A BAC over .08 is considered driving while impaired in Louisiana.
Police urge drivers to properly restrain themselves and children properly while on the road, no matter how short the journey is.
"It's unfortunate to start off the New Year with an alcohol related accident," said Chief Hunter Grimes. "The fact that the victim had her young daughter properly restrained in an approved child restraint seat likely prevented serious injury."
Rodrigue was booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center and was subsequently released without bond. Additional charges are possible.