BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – According to local authorities, a Louisiana Department of Public Safety (DPS) vehicle was hit by a driver who was under the influence of alcohol during a Sunday (December 11) morning collision that left two people injured.
An official report says the incident occurred shortly before 4:30 a.m., along Airline Highway, just north of I-110.
In the document, authorities describe weather conditions as poor, saying a light rain was falling as the DPS vehicle headed north on Airline Highway.
Suddenly, according to officials, a second automobile that was headed south and traveling on the wrong side of the highway hit the DPS vehicle in a head-on collision.
The impact of the crash injured both the driver of the DPS vehicle as well as a passenger in the other automobile, troopers say.
In their official report, officials identified the driver of the offending vehicle as 33-year-old George Michael Barrow, a member of the U.S. armed forces who was stationed at Arizona’s Fort Hood.
Authorities reported that Barrow was contrite in the moments after the crash, stating, “he was very emotional, as he knew that someone had been hurt.”
After Barrow allegedly admitted to consuming two alcoholic beverages earlier that morning and submitted to select portions of the Standardized Field Sobriety Test, he was deemed intoxicated and arrested.
Authorities say Barrow was jailed on charges that included vehicular negligent injuring, operating while intoxicated; first offense, reckless operation of a vehicle, and possession of alcohol in vehicle.
At this time, the extent of the injuries sustained by the driver of the DPS vehicle and Barrow’s passenger remain unknown.