State Police arrested a 23-year-old Baton Rouge man accused of crashing into two cars and injuring two people and himself on Highland Road south of Perkins Road late Saturday night.
Martin Santiago was weaving across the center line while heading south on Highland Road before he side-swiped one car heading the opposite way and then crashed head-on into another car, a police report says.
None of the three was seriously injured.
The second car flew off the road and into a ditch while Santiago’s car and the other car came to a halt in the middle of the roadway, the report says.
Santiago, another driver and a passenger in one of the cars were all moderately injured and were taken to a local hospital.
A State Police trooper peered through Santiago’s car and found multiple empty beer bottles at the foot of the back seats, according to the report.
The driver’s seat belt was also locked, showing that it wasn’t used, Santiago could not produce identification and there was a fake inspection sticker on the front windshield, the report says. Santiago’s eyes “were red and glassy,” and he failed a sobriety test, according to the report.
Santiago, of 1854 Jasper Ave., Apt. B, was treated at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center before being booked Sunday into Parish Prison on counts of first-offense DWI, reckless operation, vehicular negligent injury, driving without legal presence, open-container violation and no insurance.
Police looking for thief who stole truck equipment
Baton Rouge Police are looking for the person who stole $25,000 worth of truck equipment from a Peterbilt Truck yard on Nov. 29.
The thief stole four Peterbilt truck doors and a seat from a yard in the 13000 block of South Choctaw Drive.
Anyone with information is asked to call BRPD at (225) 389-3824 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.
To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.