The man accused of killing seven people in a May 30 drunken driving crash in East Feliciana Parish told a state trooper that he drank six or seven beers before getting behind the wheel that evening, according to the traffic crash report.
Brett G. Gerald told the trooper he drank six or seven Miller Light beers at the Copper Mill Golf Club in Zachary.
Gerald said he started drinking at 3 p.m. and stopped when he got into his truck at 6:30 or 7 p.m.
When asked if he felt the effects of the alcohol after the crash, Gerald said yes, paused and then said, "trying to decide how to answer this, by the time all said and done I felt a little slurred," according to the report.
The trooper said Gerald's speech was slurred and his eyes were red and glassy.
Later that evening the trooper told Gerald that he was being arrested on five counts of vehicular homicide and two counts of vehicular negligent injuring. The trooper explained to Gerald that five people had died as a result of the crash and two more received life threatening injuries.
Gerald looked surprised and said, "are you serious? He then shook his head, sighed and said, "I, I don't know what to..." The trooper said Gerald mumbled something he could not understand.
Gerald, 30, pleaded not guilty to seven counts of vehicular homicide before 20th Judicial District Judge William G. Carmichael Tuesday.
A trial was set during the week of Dec. 10.
Gerald's bail is set $1 million.
Five people in the car died instantly in the collision on La. 67 about a mile south of the Comite River: the driver, Brenda Gaines, 64; Denise Gaines, 33; Diamond Johnson, 12; Jyran Johnson, 6; and Angela Mosely, 36.
Two other passengers, Willie Gaines Jr., 15, and Rogerick Johnson Jr., 13, died later.
State Police said an analysis of a sample of Gerald's blood taken at Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary showed his blood-alcohol content was 0.15 percent.
In Louisiana, a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent is considered presumptive evidence of drunken driving.