A fugitive from Georgia remains in jail following a DWI hit-and-run accident Sunday evening that injured three people, Walker police said Monday.
The three-vehicle accident at Walker South Road and Florida Boulevard sent three victims, including a child, to the hospital, Walker police Capt. John Sharp said in a news release. The severity of the victims’ injuries is unknown, he said.
Officers learned that the driver of one of the vehicles ran away, Sharp said.
Using vehicle registration information, Walker police determined William J. Powell, 32, of Walker, to be the owner of the 2001 Ford pickup at fault in the accident, Sharp said.
Officers also learned Powell had numerous outstanding warrants from Georgia, he said.
When officers went to the Gaylord Road address where Powell’s vehicle was registered, they were told he was not home but had left the house earlier that day, driving his truck, Sharp said.
Officers returned to the home an hour later and found Powell, Sharp said.
Powell denied any involvement in the accident but could not explain the whereabouts of his truck and appeared to be intoxicated, Sharp said.
When police told Powell he was under arrest as a fugitive from Georgia and on suspicion of hit-and-run driving and DWI, he admitted being involved in the accident, drinking and hiding in a wooded area afterward because he was scared, Sharp said.
A blood-alcohol test administered more than two hours after the accident indicated Powell had a 0.115 percent blood-alcohol content, Sharp said.
In Louisiana, a reading on the breath-alcohol analysis machine of 0.08 percent is considered presumptive evidence of drunken driving.
Powell was booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center on the fugitive warrants, hit-and-run driving and DWI, Sharp said. Bail was set at $1,899, and a probation hold has been placed on him.
Powell will be extradited to Georgia once the charges against him have been resolved, Sharp said.