Police arrest suspected drunk driver after fatal crash
BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a man accused of causing a fatal crash while intoxicated Saturday.
Baton Rouge Police Department officials say around 6:25 a.m., 41-year-old Bennie Walker III was driving a 1999 GMC Sierra when he turned onto North Sherwood Forrest Blvd. into oncoming traffic in the southbound lane.
Walker's vehicle struck a 2016 Chevrolet Impala driven by 40-year-old Tonisha Shepherd, according to investigators.
Shepherd was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Walker smelled of alcohol and admitted to consuming multiple beers before driving, BRPD officials said. They added Walker also had a prior DWI offense in December 2015.
Walker was arrested and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, charged with vehicular homicide, second-offense DWI, and reckless operation.
The crash is still under investigation.