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Trooper injured in one of several crashes involving impaired drivers Easter morning

1 year 6 months 3 weeks ago April 06, 2015 Apr 6, 2015 Monday, April 06 2015 April 06, 2015 7:15 AM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Caroline McDougall

BATON ROUGE - A trooper was injured and two people died in several crashes involving impaired drivers on Easter morning.

In Baton Rouge Parish, troopers say Magen Alicia Hall was nearly double the legal alcohol limit when she allegedly plowed into that back of a trooper's SUV around 2:40 a.m. Sunday.

State police say the trooper was already investigating an earlier crash involving a drunk driver on the side of I-12 near LA 3245 and O'Neal lane when 24-year-old Hall crashed into his Tahoe around 2:40 a.m. Sunday.

Investigators say both the trooper and the arrested driver from the previous crash were inside the SUV and sustained minor to moderate injuries from the impact of Hall's car.

Both were taken to a nearby hospital. Hall was treated on the scene and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of careless operation and DWI.

In Vermillion Parish, troopers responded to a crash around 1:00 a.m. Sunday morning that resulted in the death of the driver.

State police say it 64-year-old Frank Blanchard of Abbeville lost control of his truck and struck a culvert on the left side of LA 330 after he failed to make a right hand curve.

Blanchard was unrestrained at the time of the crash and later died at the hospital.

In Tangipahoa Parish, two people were on the left-hand side of I-55 near Ponchatoula discussing an accident they had just been involved in when another truck heading northbound crashed into one of the drivers.

It happened around 4:00 a.m. on Sunday.

State police say the truck, belonging to 43-year-old Scott Parfait of Kenner, killed the driver on impact. Parfait was booked into Tangipahoa Parish Jail on charges of vehicular homicide, careless operation and driving under suspension.

Troopers say drug impairment is suspected.

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