A Livingston Parish woman has been arrested and her unrestrained 17-month-old daughter hospitalized following a crash Friday in south Baton Rouge, authorities said.
Patricia Munzey, 31, Livingston, allegedly broke into a 2008 Suzuki owned by her sister between 9:30 p.m. Thursday and 6:30 a.m. Friday, Walker Police Cpl. Mark Fruge said.
Munzey took the keys inside the sport utility vehicle and used them to break into Jasmine Cedotal’s house on Hodges Lane, where she took her child, Fruge said.
Cedotal, who has been rearing the toddler, called police, Fruge said.
Munzey has a history of drug problems and no known address, Fruge said.
Cedotal located Munzey in Baton Rouge near Government and North 15th streets and called City Police, spokesman Sgt. Don Stone said.
During the police pursuit, Munzey got into an accident with another driver on North 15th Street, fled the scene and stopped again and let an unidentified man get out of the SUV, Stone said. Police arrested the man, Stone said.
Munzey later lost control of the vehicle, flipping several times, barreling through a chain-link fence and knocking down utility poles, Stone said.
The SUV then came to a rest and hit a parked van on East Washington Street near Highland Road, Stone said.