Authorities arrested three people suspected of causing three separate drunken crashes Saturday night and Sunday morning — which left one person injured and a convent’s gate in disrepair.
The first two crashes occurred within 15 minutes of each other.
At about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 28-year-old Jacob Walker’s vehicle “bumped” into another car while exiting Interstate 12 at O’Neal Lane, according to a Baton Rouge police report.
Walker and the other driver agreed to pull over, but as the other driver pulled off to the side of the road, Walker drove away, the report says. The other driver followed Walker until police could stop him.
Once they stopped him, police discovered that Walker, who had a bottle of wine in the front seat of his truck, had been arrested three times for DWI, the report says.
Walker had a blood-alcohol content of 0.199 percent, according to the report. In Louisiana, a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent is considered presumptive evidence of drunken driving.
Walker, of 9713 Walker Lane, Denham Springs, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of fourth-offense DWI, driving with a suspended license, reckless operation and hit-and-run.
At 6:45 p.m., just 15 minutes after the first wreck, Jorge Diaz, 39, crashed his vehicle into a car turning in front of him on Florida Boulevard near Sherwood Forest Drive, causing a wreck that left the other driver with injuries in the neck and head, according to a police report.
Diaz, of 3579 Victoria Drive, Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of first-offense DWI, reckless operation, vehicular negligent injuring and a seat belt violation.
At about 7:45 a.m. Sunday morning, Matthew Tortorich drove his vehicle into a convent’s security gate, according to an East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office report.
A witness saw Tortorich slumped over in his vehicle in front of Cypress Springs Mercedarian Prayer Center, 17650 George O’Neal Road, and when she tried to wake him, Tortorich rolled down his window and begged her not to call the Sheriff’s Office, the report said.
But when she told him she was going to call the authorities, Tortorich ran away, falling down in the process, the report says.
But Tortorich returned to the scene of the accident and told a deputy, “I am very intoxicated,” according to the report.
Tortorich, of 117 Mattie St., Laplace, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of first-offense DWI, reckless operation, hit-and-run, appearing in an intoxicated condition and criminal trespassing.