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Police arrest suspected drunk driver after fatal crash

6 years 8 months 4 days ago Saturday, October 14 2017 Oct 14, 2017 October 14, 2017 7:11 PM October 14, 2017 in News
Source: WBRZ

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.

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