A motorist who had been drinking and driving struck a man who was sitting on his porch Thursday morning, causing injuries so severe the victim may have to have both legs amputated, police said.

The crash occurred at 2:21 a.m. in the 1900 block of North Acadian Thruway East at Gus Young Avenue, Baton Rouge Police Department Sgt. Don Stone said in a news release.

A preliminary investigation revealed the driver of the 1999 Lincoln Town Car, heading northbound on North Acadian Thruway, lost control of the car, swerved to the left and hit a light pole, the release says.

The light pole broke, with attached wires pulling down two other light poles, the release says.

The car then struck a fence at 1933 N. Acadian Thruway East before proceeding to 1943 N. Acadian Thruway East and hitting the victim, the release says.

The car then hit another fence, started spinning and came to a stop, the release says.

The victim, whose identity was not released, suffered severe injuries to both legs, according to the news release.

The extent of his internal injuries are unknown at this time and his condition may possibly worsen, the release says.

The driver, Marcus Hayes 34, 5646 Adams Ave., was booked into parish prison on first-offense DWI, reckless operation, failure to maintain control, suspended driver’s license, no insurance and first-degree negligent vehicular injuring, the release says.

Alcohol is considered a factor in this crash, the release says.