Fugitive arrested in Walker after causing hit-and-run crash while intoxicated

Monday, April 1, 2013 - 2:36pm

A fugitive from Georgia was arrested by Walker Police Sunday for DWI and Hit & Run driving, following an accident that injured three people.

The Walker Police Department reports that the incident occurred at the intersection of Walker South Road (LA 447) and Florida Blvd. (US 190) on Sunday, March 31.

“Our Officers were dispatched to a three vehicle accident with injuries at approximately 5:10 p.m.,” Cpt. John Sharp, Walker Police Department, said. “On arrival, officers learned that the driver of the at-fault vehicle fled the accident scene on foot. Three people were injured in the accident, including one child. The victims were taken by ambulance to a local hospital with injuries. The severity of the injuries is unknown at this time.”

William J. Powell, 32, of Walker was identified as the owner of the vehicle at fault in the crash. They then discovered that he had numerous outstanding warrants from Georgia.

“Georgia authorities were contacted and they verified that Mr. Powell was a fugitive and that they would extradite him,” Cpt. Sharp noted.

Officers went to the address listed on Powell’s registration. Although he was not there when they arrived, they returned roughly an hour later and found that he had returned.

“Officers question Mr. Powell about the accident and he denied any involvement. However, he could not explain the whereabouts of his truck and appeared to be intoxicated,” Captain Sharp reported. “Mr. Powell was then advised that he was under arrest as a fugitive from the State of Georgia and for suspicion of Hit & Run Driving and Driving While Intoxicated.”

Powell later admitted that he had been involved in the crash and that he fled the scene because he had been drinking. He told officers that he hid in a nearby wooded area out of fear. He was arrested and booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center. Because Powell admitted to drinking prior to the accident, a blood alcohol test was also administered.

“The blood alcohol test, administered over two hours after the accident, indicated 0.115 percent blood alcohol content,” Captain Sharp explained. “A person with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent is considered impaired in Louisiana. Because Mr. Powell’s blood alcohol content was shown to be in excess of the maximum allowed under Louisiana law, a charge of Driving While Intoxicated was added to the other charges against him.”

Powell will be extradited to Georgia once his new charges are resolved. Additional charges are possible.
 

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