On Dec. 1, 2018, troopers with the Louisiana State Police Troop D were summoned to the scene of a three-car crash along LA Highway 102, an area that lies due north of Jennings, at around 3:30 p.m.
In speaking with witnesses, the officers determined that a 39-year-old Jennings man had been driving his 2001 Ford F-150 pickup truck northbound along LA Hwy 102 when he suddenly crossed the center median into oncoming traffic. He collided head-on with a 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe when he did this.
The impact of the crash caused the driver of the Chevy to lose control of his vehicle, which caused it to roll over. The vehicle came to rest on its roof.
Debris from the first collision was sent flying into the air. It struck the 2017 Buick Encore that had been driving behind the Tahoe at the time of the crash.
The Ford's driver and all but one of the Chevy's occupants suffered minor injuries in the crash. One of the passengers was seriously injured and flown to a Lafayette hospital for treatment. It's unclear whether they're expected to survive. The Buick's occupants weren't harmed in the crash.
As part of their investigation, officers spoke with the driver of the Ford. They determined that he was likely under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time of the crash. They took him into custody and then transported him to an area hospital to procure a blood sample. He refused their request.
Police obtained a "no refusal" warrant to allow them to obtain the sample. It's been submitted to the state lab for analysis.
The Ford's driver remains locked up in the Jefferson Davis Parish Jail. He was booked there for possession of drugs such as heroin, mushrooms, Xanax, methamphetamine and related paraphernalia. He has also been charged with four vehicular negligent injury counts and his third driving while intoxicated (DWI) offense.
While Louisiana state law prohibits anyone from operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, impaired individuals put others at risk of becoming injured or losing their lives by doing so. Individuals who have suffered serious injuries or lost a loved one due to the actions of a negligent motorist should consult with a Lafayette personal injury attorney who is familiar with working both sides of a case.