Authorities arrested three men Friday after State Police and Baton Rouge police raided an Evangeline Street home in search of a man wanted for several prescription drug burglaries of pharmacies across the state.

The arrests were among several others across the state Friday on similar crimes as part of a State Police investigation, said Trooper First Class Jared Sandifer, a State Police spokesman.

Details of the other raids were not available.

When State Police arrived at the Baton Rouge home in the 4600 block of Evangeline Street, two men at the home surrendered immediately, but a third man hid inside the house, Sandifer said.

That man was arrested after a local SWAT team and BRPD K-9 unit surrounded the house, Sandifer said.

Woman jumps to safety from burning home

A woman who was awakened by the smell of smoke jumped out of a window and was unharmed in a Friday morning fire at a house on North 37th Street, according to the Baton Rouge Fire Department.

Firefighters arrived at the one-story home at 1292 N. 37th St. at 5:11 a.m. and found fire coming from the back of the house and in the attic, said Mark Miles, a BRFD spokesman. The fire was under control just after 5:20 a.m., Miles said.

The home sustained heavy fire and smoke damage totaling $17,000, he said. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Authorities book 4 on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least four people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Thursday and 2:30 p.m. Friday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Ashley Bullock, 27, 13307 Avants Ave., Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI and prohibited text messaging.
  • Sam Jones, 23, 262 Willow St., Winnsboro, first-offense DWI, possession of marijuana, drinking in a motor vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia and license plate required.
  • Eric Pearson, 22, 509 Dearmanville Drive, Anniston, Alabama, first-offense DWI, driver’s license required, unauthorized use of a moveable and improper lane use.
  • Casey Smith, 33, 3603 Hawkins Circle, Missouri City, Texas, first-offense DWI, following too close, reckless operation and improper lane use.

Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.