July 9, 2014 10:50 AM
BATON ROUGE - A state trooper told jurors in David Leger's vehicular homicide trial Wednesday that the deadly wreck from 2011 he's accused of causing looked like a plane had exploded on the interstate.
The trooper told jurors the wreck on was "overwhelming," and there was "complete chaos" when... more »
July 3, 2014 9:20 AM
BATON ROUGE - A busy weekend of holiday travel is now underway.
An estimated 41 million Americans will getaway for the Independence Day weekend, but many people won't be satisfied with a three day weekend. A lot of families are stretching out the holiday and hitting the road today.... more »
June 30, 2014 11:31 AM
BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies arrested a Prairieville man for his sixth DWI after investigators said he was found passed out in his vehicle.
EBRSO deputies arrested Fredrick Lamont Warner, 37, on Sunday. They said despite his prior arrests, there was only one DWI conviction on his record.
... more »
May 5, 2014 11:37 AM
SLIDELL - A Slidell man is behind bars after he rewired his ignition, dismantled his interlock device, and drove his vehicle while intoxicated according to police.
Slidell police said they pulled over 41-year-old Larry Paul at 2:00 a.m. on Saturday morning after Paul was noticed driving erratically. Officers said... more »
April 16, 2014 4:55 PM
NEW ROADS - A police officer at the center of a questionable drunk driving investigation will face open container charges after all, according to Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff Bud Torres.
The sheriff said there was some confusion over the charges against Captain Mark Munson of the New Roads Police... more »
March 30, 2014 10:56 PM
BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge police have arrested a man accused of killing two people in a drunk driving accident on I-10.
38-year-old Dedrick Matthews faces two counts of vehicular homicide and a 2nd DWI among other charges.
Investigators said Matthews rear-ended a car on the Mississippi River... more »
March 18, 2014 10:50 PM
CLINTON- A 30-year-old man faces his seventh DWI charge after a Louisiana State Police trooper arrested him, again.
James Earl Haynes, Jr. was booked Monday night into the East Feliciana Parish Jail. Details of the arrest were released late Tuesday.
The trooper who detained him had previously stopped... more »
March 7, 2014 10:49 PM
BATON ROUGE - Officers had to smash in the window of a vehicle because a drunk man passed out while behind the wheel, according to an arrest report.
Police say Samuel Shavers was found asleep with his foot on the brake of the vehicle while the car was still... more »
January 13, 2014 3:49 PM
GONZALES - Police arrested a school teacher after they said she left the scene of a wreck Monday morning in Gonzales, and blew well above the legal limit for alcohol when she was finally stopped.
Sgt. Stephen Nethken with Gonzales Police said officers arrested Jaime Ingrassia on suspicion of... more »
December 18, 2013 5:57 PM
BATON ROUGE- The federal government wants to mandate interlock devices for all first-time drunken drivers.
The device prevents a car from starting if the driver has a detectable level of alcohol on their breath.
Right now, Louisiana doesn't require the device for first-time offenders, but in Baton Rouge,... more »
October 29, 2013 7:47 PM
KENNEBUNK, MAINE- A man making a beer run on his riding lawn mower now faces a charge of drunk driving.
Tony Caulder was turned away by a store clerk because they thought he was drunk. Police say the clerk followed Caulder outside to make sure he wasn't getting into... more »
October 9, 2013 10:30 PM
BATON ROUGE- Apple denied an attorney's attempt to push the locations of DWI checkpoints to people's smartphones.
Jarrett Ambeau created the app that lists the locations of checkpoints where authorities are checking to see if people behind the wheel are intoxicated. Ambeau said the technology company said the app... more »
September 1, 2013 4:42 PM
NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police say an officer has been suspended without pay after being booked with drunk driving while off duty. Spokeswoman Remi Braden says the department is investigating Officer Jayson Germann. State Trooper Nick Manale says Germann, of Bush, apparently lost control of his unmarked car shortly... more »
August 21, 2013 10:35 PM
BATON ROUGE - There's an app for that. A Baton Rouge lawyer says he's taking advantage of social media, by helping out drivers who enjoy an occasional drink.
"I'm not there to argue with anyone," said Jarrett Ambeau of Ambeau Law Firm, LLC.
"Or to change antibody's view.... more »
July 29, 2013 1:59 PM
METAIRIE - Saints receiver Joe Morgan says he doing whatever he can, on and off the field, to make up for his drunk driving arrest during the offseason. Morgan remains in contention to become a regular in three-receiver formations alongside veterans Marques Colston and Lance Moore. Morgan says he is... more »
July 23, 2013 5:36 PM
CLINTON - An attorney representing family members who lost seven loved ones in a drunk driving crash last year, called a pre-sentence report she read today "shocking."
Today, family members got the opportunity to review that document, and what's not included in it is raising serious questions. Gerald killed... more »
July 16, 2013 9:25 AM
HAMPTON BAYS, N.Y. - A lawyer for Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd says his client intends to plead guilty to a drunk driving charge.
Attorney Edward Burke Jr. spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday, ahead of Kidd's court appearance on Long Island.
Kidd was arrested last July... more »
July 10, 2013 7:44 PM
MOAPA, NEVADA- The case of teen accused of drunk driving and causing a crash that killed five members of a family unraveled in Nevada and the charges were dropped. DNA evidence proved 18-year-old Jean Ervin Soriano was not driving the SUV that rear-ended a van carrying seven people during an... more »
June 19, 2013 10:34 AM
BATON ROUGE - Attorneys for the Greensburg man who killed seven people in a drunken crash said they're going to ask a judge to reduce his sentence again.
Brett Gerald pleaded guilty this past December to seven counts of vehicular homicide in the May 2012 wreck.
He initially... more »
May 14, 2013 12:03 PM
WASHINGTON - Federal accident investigators recommended Tuesday that states cut their threshold for drunken driving by nearly half, matching a standard that has substantially reduced highway deaths in other countries. The National Transportation Safety Board said states should shrink the standard from the current .08 blood alcohol content to .05... more »
April 4, 2013 10:28 AM
BATON ROUGE - Attorneys continued a hearing today for the man accused of killing a cyclist last year while driving drunk.
Police said Joseph Branch had a blood alcohol content nearly four times the legal limit when he struck Nathan Crowson and Daniel Morris on Perkins Rd. back in... more »
April 4, 2013 8:01 AM
BATON ROUGE - The case against the man accused of killing a cyclist last year returns to court today.
Police say Joseph Branch had a blood alcohol content nearly four times the legal limit when he struck Nathan Crowson and Daniel Morris on Perkins Rd. back in January 2012.... more »
March 12, 2013 7:26 AM
CLINTON - The man who police say was more than twice the legal limit when he crashed into another car head-on, killing seven people, will learn his fate today in an East Feliciana Parish courtroom.
Brett Gerald pleaded guilty in December to seven counts of vehicular homicide, after originally... more »
February 25, 2013 9:47 AM
BAYOU VISTA - Deputies in St. Mary Parish arrested an accused drunk driver Sunday, after responding to a traffic accident.
Authorities say 51-year-old Sameul Horseley rear-ended a vehicle while sitting at a light along Hwy. 90 near Southeast Blvd.
Deputies later discovered an ice chest with an open... more »
February 15, 2013 9:11 AM
GARDEN CITY, La. - Authorities in St. Mary Parish say a Covington man faces second offense DWI charges, after a deputy found him intoxicated in his vehicle.
Sheriff Mark Hebert says the deputy spotted 56-year-old James Bourgeois sitting in a parking lot along Hwy. 182 just after midnight Friday.... more »
January 31, 2013 7:29 PM
Country singer Randy Travis pleaded guilty to drunk driving in a case from last summer where he was found naked after he crashed in Texas. He got two years of probation, fined $2,000 and must spend time in an alcohol treatment center. He could have gotten a year in jail... more »
January 29, 2013 10:58 AM
GEISMAR - State Police arrested a truck driver they suspect to have been impaired when they were involved in a multi-vehicle wreck this morning in Ascension Parish.
Troopers reopened La. 30 in Geismar after a six-vehicle pileup at 6:30 a.m. closed it for several hours. State Police said two... more »
January 24, 2013 7:54 PM
Drunk farmers may get a reprieve when it comes to driving home in their cars or on their tractors after a few pints at the pub. Councilmen in Kerry, southwest Ireland proposed the government create a permit to allow isolated farmers to drive drunk without fear of being busted. Backers... more »
January 24, 2013 6:44 AM
LAFAYETTE - Lafayette police say a 23-year-old man suspected of driving drunk and causing a collision that killed a 2-year-old last week has surrendered to authorities.
Jamuse Broussard, of Lafayette, has been booked Tuesday with vehicular homicide in the Jan. 16 crash in which Kylan Jackson was severely injured.... more »
January 1, 2013 8:41 AM
PHILADELPHIA, Miss. - Neshoba County Sheriff Tommy Waddell says a man has been charged with six felony counts of DUI manslaughter after the weekend crash of a sport utility vehicle that killed his five children and one adult in the vehicle.
Waddell told The Associated Press by telephone that... more »
December 11, 2012 6:05 PM
BATON ROUGE - The National Transportation Safety Board recommends all states require ignition interlock devices for convicted drunk drivers, including first time offenders.
In the last three years, over 1,500 first time offenders in East Baton Rouge have been stopped for drunk driving. The offense is an automatic misdemeanor,... more »
December 11, 2012 10:29 AM
WASHINGTON - A federal study says about 360 people a year are killed in wrong-way driving crashes on high-speed highways, a majority of which involve alcohol.
The National Transportation Safety Board was meeting Tuesday to review the study and consider recommendations on countermeasures to prevent such collisions.
One... more »
December 10, 2012 9:51 AM
CLINTON - Brett Gerald pleaded guilty to seven counts of vehicular homicide Monday morning.
Gerald's sentence will be determined on March 12. A pre-sentence investigation and report is being conducted.
He faces a minimum of five years for each count.
No reduction in charges or plea bargain... more »
December 5, 2012 6:24 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police said they plan to conduct two sobriety checkpoints in the city limits of Baton Rouge later this week.
The first is scheduled for Thursday night, and the second this Saturday night.
The specific time and locations will not be announced in advance.
This... more »
November 27, 2012 12:51 PM
TORRANCE, Calif. - Los Angeles County prosecutors have filed murder and drunken-driving charges against a substance abuse counselor who allegedly struck a pedestrian and drove for more than two miles with the dying victim on the hood of her car. Fifty-one-year-old Sherri Wilkins is expected to be arraigned sometime Tuesday... more »
November 9, 2012 9:01 PM
EAST FELICIANA PARISH - There's fear from a family that a man accused of killing seven people in a drunk driving crash could get a lesser sentence.
The Gaines family says Brett Gerald could ask for a plea deal. Police say Gerald was nearly two times the legal limit... more »
October 4, 2012 1:26 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - Louisiana State Police say a Gonzales man was driving drunk when he triggered a deadly crash in Prairieville last week.
Ashton Claiborne, 29, was arrested Wednesday after test results showed he was drunk at the time of the crash.
It happened Friday morning on Highway 73... more »
September 18, 2012 10:50 AM
ATLANTA - Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner was jailed on charges of drunken driving and speeding early this morning, just hours after he scored a touchdown in the team's win over the Denver Broncos.
Turner was booked into the Gwinnett County jail in metro Atlanta just after 5... more »
September 15, 2012 6:07 PM
BATON ROUGE - Area teens learned first hand about the dangers of drinking and driving and texting behind the wheel at "Celebrate My Drive," an annual event sponsored by State Farm and observed around the country.
Sponsors celebrate a big milestone in a teens life - getting a drivers... more »
September 11, 2012 10:34 AM
BATON ROUGE - The man accused of killing seven people in a drunk-driving crash appeared in court today.
Brett Gerald's attorneys asked that information from a "black box" recorder in Gerald's truck be turned over to them. State Police investigators testified that no reliable data was able to be... more »
August 20, 2012 12:46 PM
MITCHELL, S.D. - South Dakota police say a 14-year-old boy who was driving drunk has been arrested, along with his father, who sat intoxicated in the passenger seat. The Daily Republic reported Saturday that the boy and his 49-year-old father were arrested shortly after midnight Aug. 5 on Interstate 90... more »
July 23, 2012 10:07 AM
DENHAM SPRINGS- Authorities arrested Denham Springs City Councilman Christopher Davis Sunday morning in suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
Investigators said Davis was in an accident near La. 16 and Amite Church Road and drove away from the scene.
Davis was booked into Livingston Parish Jail on one count... more »
June 7, 2012 10:15 PM
BATON ROUGE - Five from one family dead, a sixth also killed last week.
Last night, a church in Baton Rouge was filled with people paying tribute to them.
The standing room only crowd was filled with friends that Reverend John Gaines never even knew he had.
... more »
June 1, 2012 10:37 AM
BATON ROUGE - A 15-year-old died Friday night after sustaining injuries in a crash in Slaughter that left five others dead. His 13-year-old brother remains in critical condition, according to the victims family.
State Police said the man accused causing the crash in East Feliciana Parish had a blood... more »
May 15, 2012 12:28 PM
LA PUENTE, Calif. - The Diaz family awoke to find a Lexus at the bottom of their swimming pool. The Southern California family tells the San Gabriel Valley Tribune that drivers navigating the tricky intersection next to their house in La Puente have hit their cinderblock wall before, but early... more »
May 8, 2012 12:24 PM
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Police in northeast Indiana say a man who drove three blocks with four children strapped to the hood of his car has been arrested on a drunken driving charge. Fort Wayne police spokesman John Chambers says a witness called police Monday evening after seeing a man... more »
May 4, 2012 12:34 PM
LARGO, Fla. - A Florida man is charged with felony drunken driving and wildlife violations after police discovered a small monkey in his truck. Largo Police say Eugene Carl Kotelman was speeding when they stopped him Thursday. He was driving on a suspended license and had been previously charged numerous... more »
April 5, 2012 11:39 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Police Department announced today that officers plan to conduct a sobriety checkpoint tonight, weather permitting.
Officers plan to set up the checkpoint somewhere within the city limits of Baton Rouge.
The specific time and the locations of the sobriety checkpoints are never... more »
March 13, 2012 10:37 PM
POINTE COUPEE - In Pointe Coupee Parish, a deal has been struck, that will likely end a high profile drunk driving case.
Victoria Gosserand pleaded no contest to killing Terry Parker in a crash 2 years ago.
The "no contest" plea means Victoria Gosserand accepts responsibility for the... more »
February 29, 2012 3:43 PM
BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint tonight within the city limits.
Police have not disclosed the location, nor the time of the checkpoint.
Sobriety checkpoints are ongoing by Baton Rouge Police in order to curtail drug driving. more »
February 22, 2012 11:31 AM
BATON ROUGE- Nearly 200 people were arrested over the Mardi Gras holiday by troopers for impaired driving.
The arrests happened during DWI patrols and checkpoints across the state.
Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L will conduct a DWI Checkpoint in Tangipahoa Parish on Thursday, Feb. 23 around... more »
January 27, 2012 10:17 PM
BATON ROUGE-- Joey Branch's blood alcohol content when he hit two bikers and killed one of them was a .307, according to Baton Rouge Police. That's nearly four times the legal limit.
It's what the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office "drunk goggles" show kids too-- just how tough it... more »
November 16, 2011 5:22 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS- Mothers Against Drunk Driving says alcohol-related deaths are down 25% percent in Louisiana.
News2 spoke to a mom who's on a crusade to bring that number even lower after losing her son.
Lisa Allen says it's surreal to see her son and daughter in-law on a... more »
September 29, 2011 12:25 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Retired American race car driver and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. has been arrested on drunken driving and reckless driving charges in New Mexico.
KRQE-TV reports that the 49-year-old was arrested Thursday morning in Albuquerque, where he lives.
Authorities say Unser was drag... more »
September 21, 2011 12:30 PM
WASHINGTON, Pa. - Police have charged a man in western Pennsylvania with driving drunk twice in the same night - the second time about 15 minutes after they released him into the custody of a friend.
Online court records don't list an attorney for 58-year-old Robert Brodnick, of Washington,... more »
August 19, 2011 7:33 PM
An actress in the latest "Planet of the Apes" movie was ordered to rehab by a judge in Los Angeles. Estella Warren has to serve four months in a residential rehab facility after she entered a no contest plea in a drunk driving case on Friday. Warren was arrested earlier... more »
July 19, 2011 12:22 PM
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho - Idaho authorities say a mother and daughter were arrested for drunken driving within an hour of each other - the mother when she went to pick up her daughter's dog.
The Post Register reports a sheriff's officer stopped 28-year-old Alisha Gardner at 10:56 p.m. Saturday... more »
May 11, 2011 12:39 PM
LOS ANGELES - Lindsay Lohan's attorney has entered a no contest plea on behalf of the actress in a case involving a stolen necklace.
Lohan did not appear in court for Wednesday's hearing in Los Angeles.
Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner accepted the plea to misdemeanor grand theft... more »
May 10, 2011 6:39 PM
BATON ROUGE - A state trooper was hurt when a drunk driver crashed into his vehicle on the interstate in West Baton Rouge Parish, according to Louisiana State Police.
Trooper Russell Graham said 48-year-old Joseph Harris of Rosedale was arrested Monday night after crashing into an LSP unit driven... more »
March 31, 2011 11:03 AM
BATON ROUGE - Police arrested five people and checked 159 vehicles during a sobriety checkpoint overnight in Baton Rouge.
Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said officers conducted the checkpoint on the 2800 block of Brightside Drive, south of the LSU campus.
He said of the vehicles checked, 17 field sobriety... more »
March 23, 2011 10:48 PM
BATON ROUGE- More than 1,000 drunk drivers are back on the streets of Philadelphia because of a mistake. Now authorities in Louisiana are making sure it will not happen here. In Philadelphia, cases got thrown-out because the Breathalyzer machines were improperly calibrated.
The machines need to be set to... more »
February 21, 2011 12:37 PM
SNELLVILLE, Ga. - Police in an Atlanta suburb say New Orleans Hornets' backup point guard Jarrett Jack has been arrested and charged with drunken driving.
Snellville Police Chief Roy Whitehead said in an e-mail Monday the 27-year-old former Georgia Tech star was pulled over early Sunday by an officer... more »
January 24, 2011 3:46 PM
NEW ROADS - The star witness in a drunk driving case in Pointe Coupee Parish will likely testify at the trial. News 2 has learned New Roads Police Officer Brandon Spillman is back from military duty in Iraq.
Last year, Spillman taped testimony before he headed overseas. In that... more »
December 22, 2010 10:41 AM
BATON ROUGE- Nearly 90 law enforcement agencies across the state are participating in a national campaign to keep drunken drivers off the roads during the Christmas and New Year's holidays.
Louisiana Highway Safety Commission spokeswoman Jamie Ainsworth said in a news release that people with 87 state law enforcement... more »
December 16, 2010 2:35 PM
BATON ROUGE- Local authorities are conducting DWI checkpoints this week to curb impaired driving during the holidays.
Baton Rouge Police are holding sobriety checkpoints tonight somewhere within the city limits.
The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office will set up its sobriety checkpoints sometime beginning Saturday night at 9:00 and... more »
November 29, 2010 4:14 PM
NEW ROADS-- A vial of blood that could send an accused drunk driver to jail for killing another woman will be split in half.
Right now, prosecutors have 10 milliliters of blood taken from Victoria Gosserand the night they say she hit and killed 23-year-old Terri Parker and badly... more »
November 29, 2010 12:12 PM
NEW ROADS - Attorneys in the Victoria Gosserand vehicular homicide case have reached a compromise over the accused's blood sample.
Prosecutors say that sample shows Gosserand's blood was nearly four times the legal limit the night she crashed her vehicle into another car, killing 23-year-old Terri Parker and badly... more »
November 8, 2010 5:48 PM
BATON ROUGE - A man who originally pleaded not guilty to hitting and killing three people in a 2009 drunken driving accident has changed his mind. Derek Quebedeaux pleaded guilty Monday morning to all charges against him and said he takes responsibility for the crash. During the 20-minute hearing, Quebedeaux... more »
October 1, 2010 1:06 PM
Friends don't let friends drive drunk.
But what if the friend is drunk, too?
Police in suburban Detroit say a man faces drunk driving charges after he drove an intoxicated woman to the police station.
Donald Chamberlain has pleaded not guilty.
Police say Chamberlain drove his... more »
September 24, 2010 11:18 AM
Actress Lindsay Lohan is headed back to jail after a failed drug test.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elden S. Fox ordered the starlet jailed during a court hearing Friday.
Her next court appearance was set for Oct. 22.
Fox did not set bail and Lohan will... more »
September 22, 2010 5:51 PM
A plea agreement could be reached surrounding a drunk driving case in Hammond.
Derek Quebedeaux is accused of plowing into a group of people last year. Three people died, and two more were severely injured. He didn't have anything to say as he walked into court Wednesday.
Attorneys... more »
September 22, 2010 12:56 PM
A government watchdog group in Washington is seeking a Senate ethics committee investigation of Louisiana Sen. David Vitter.
Complaints from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington center on Vitter's former aide, Brent Furer.
Furer was arrested for an alleged knife attack on a girlfriend in 2008 and... more »
July 29, 2010 7:59 AM
A 48-year-old Louisiana man with 17 prior DUI arrests has been sentenced to five years without parole for felony drunken driving. Jimmy D. Graves Jr. of Gonzales was arrested May 11, 2009, for driving with a blood-alcohol content level twice 0.08 percent legal limit. more »
July 1, 2010 1:10 PM
Authorities say University of Georgia athletic director Damon Evans has been arrested and charged with drunken driving.
Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright said that Evans was arrested late Wednesday night after his 2009 BMW was pulled over by a state trooper in north Atlanta.
Wright said Evans... more »
June 22, 2010 11:56 AM
A D.A.R.E. officer's vehicle was hit head on by a man who is charged with drunk driving.
The accident happened last night around 10 p.m. as the officer was driving north on Joor Road. Police reports say Jacob L. Rester, 29, crossed the center line and hit the deputy... more »
June 3, 2010 5:13 PM
Update: Two people are dead after a fatal crash in Ascension Parish. Louisiana State Police says 73-year-old Remy Schexnayder, Livingston, and his female passenger died after their Nissan pickup was struck by 30-year-old William R. Helmke, Central. Helmke was traveling west in a GMC pickup on LA 431, east of... more »
April 23, 2010 10:28 AM
A police officer in Shreveport is accused of DWI after a car crash. Police say Kevin Duck, 32, was driving his personal truck when a car, driven by Carolyn Blake, hit his truck Monday. Authorities say Blake was at fault.
Blake was also charged in the crash. Authorities say... more »
March 11, 2010 3:49 PM
A New Roads police officer who witnessed a crash in Pointe Coupee Parish testified on tape Thursday morning about what he saw unfold. He will deploy for Iraq in the next few days.
Officer Brandon Spillman told a packed courtroom 23-year-old Victoria Gosserand was extremely combative and uncooperative after... more »
January 21, 2010 10:48 AM
The district attorney for Pointe Coupee Parish will not recuse himself from a drunk driving case despite knowing the suspect's family well. Terri Parker's family filed a formal request last week to have Ricky Ward removed from the case. Parker died last month after investigators say a car she was... more »
November 18, 2009 10:26 PM
Darlene Bankston is convinced the woman who killed her cousin should be in jail.
Bankston is the cousin of Chad Roberts, who was killed in a car accident in 2003. Roberts and Eric Posey were killed after being hit by Rebecca Meier, who was driving drunk. Rebecca Meier served... more »