Baton Rouge Police say three drunken drivers were arrested over the weekend in three unrelated car crashes that injured two pedestrians and left a pregnant passenger in the hospital with injuries.
The crashes all occurred within an eight-hour span, beginning Friday night and ending Saturday morning. Two of the crashes happened on opposite ends of Monterrey Boulevard.
In the last of the three crashes, the driver’s vehicle came to a stop on top of the pedestrian that had been run over.
The first crash occurred at 7:30 p.m. Friday when Miguel Lopez, 39, passed through a red light on Florida Boulevard at the South end of Monterrey Boulevard and crashed into another vehicle in his path, police said.
That crash injured Lopez’ pregnant wife, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt. She was taken to the hospital with unspecified injuries.
Police noted in their report that as they were investigating the cause of the crash, Lopez “started urinating in the middle of Florida Boulevard.”
Lopez had a blood-alcohol content of 0.240 percent, police said. In Louisiana, a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent is considered presumptive evidence of drunken driving.
Lopez, of 9038 GSRI Ave., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of first-offense DWI, disobeying a red light, vehicular negligent injuring, urinating in public, no driver’s license and reckless operation. He remained in jail on Sunday on a $4,100 bail.
Just over an hour later, Kimberly Sossamon, 43, broke a pedestrian’s ankle when she drove through a stop sign and veered across two lanes of traffic, drove onto a sidewalk and struck the pedestrian, all while on her cellphone, according to a police report. The report does not say exactly where the accident took place.
Police said Sossamon had a blood-alcohol content of 0.174 percent and the arrest marked Sossamon’s fourth for DWI, police said.
Sossamon, 2045 N. 3rd St., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of fourth-offense DWI, vehicular negligent injuring, failure to maintain control, failure to yield to a stop sign and insurance required. She remains in jail on a $82,400 bail.
About four hours after that crash, 29-year-old Christopher Moore ran over a pedestrian when he turned out of a parking lot on Monterrey Boulevard by its intersection with Greenwell Springs Road, according to a police report. The report adds that Moore “stopped his vehicle on top of the pedestrian. The pedestrian received moderate injuries, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge Police spokesman.
Moore turned out to be driving with a license that had been suspended from another DWI arrest two months earlier, and an open bottle of gin was found on the floor beneath the driver’s seat, the report says.
Moore, of 9714 Patio Court, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of first-degree vehicular negligent injuring, driving with a suspended license, DWI, a vehicle registration violation, reckless operation, and possession of alcohol in a vehicle. He remains in jail in lieu of $20,200 bail.
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