LAFAYETTE — A Lafayette man suspected of being drunk, firing a pistol, then crashing his vehicle into the Lafayette Habitat for Humanity building on Johnston Street left a giant hole in the wall and a little something extra to remind Habitat workers that he was there.
“We kept his bumper,” Melinda Taylor, Lafayette Habitat executive director, said of the 1 a.m. Monday accident.
“As you can see, he drove a Chevy,” Taylor said, pointing to the distinct Chevrolet cross in the center of the bumper.
Taylor and Habitat volunteer services Director Joelle Boudreaux talked to an inspector who arrived Monday afternoon.
By then, the electricity had been shut off for safety purposes, and what used to be a functioning copier and fax machine, and the staff’s coffee maker, were in shambles.
Miles Guidry, 25, was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on counts of aggravated flight, discharging a weapon and second-offense driving while intoxicated, Lt. Paul Mouton said.
Mouton said Lafayette police officers saw Guidry stop his vehicle in the 100 block of Taft Street, fire a handgun into the air, then speed off.
“A short time later the suspect crashed his vehicle into a building in the 700 block of Johnston Street,” Mouton said.
Mouton said officers recovered a .357-caliber handgun from Guidry’s vehicle.
Guidry is being held in lieu of $32,000 bond, according to the Correctional Center.
“We thank God no one was here” at the time of the crash, Taylor said.
She said Habitat will continue to build houses for the poor, but the nonprofit’s administrative side might be hobbled for a while.
Taylor said it was too early to know if Habitat could continue to work out of the office.