Drunk driver nearly kills pedestrian

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 12:59pm

BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) - A pedestrian was nearly killed after being struck by fallen light pole around 2:21 in the morning on Thursday, Aug. 25. That pole was knocked down due to a single car accident caused by an impaired driver.

The Baton Rouge Police Department Investigators say that a 1999 Lincoln Town car was driving near the intersection of North Acadian East at Gus Young. The driver, identified as Marcus Hayes, 34, lost control of the vehicle and struck a light pole. As the pole fell, it took with it two others, one of which fell onto a private home. A pedestrian was sitting on the porch of the home when the pole fell.

The pedestrian was critically injured. The driver, Hayes, suffered minor injuries. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison for DWI (1st Offense), Reckless Operation, Failure to Maintain Control, Suspended Driver’s License, No Insurance, and 1st Degree Negligent Vehicular Injuring.

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