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Drunk driver arrested for fatal crash

4 years 9 months 2 weeks ago Saturday, January 31 2015 Jan 31, 2015 January 31, 2015 2:00 PM January 31, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Caroline McDougall

VILLE PLATTE - A Duson man is accused of killing a Ville Platte woman while driving drunk in Evangeline Parish. It happened just six hours after he was released on earlier charges of driving while intoxicated.

Louisiana State Police say 47-year-old Michael Fontenot was driving east on Louisiana 3042 in a van when he hit 52-year-old Arleen Soileau who was driving her car. Police say Fontenot crossed the center line and hit Soileau nearly head on.

Neither driver was wearing a seat belt. Soileau died at the scene, while Fontenot was taken by helicopter to an Alexandria hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

Police say they believe Fontenot was impaired by alcohol. He's been charged with vehicular homicide. He was arrested Thursday for driving while intoxicated, and was released on bond around noon Friday.

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