BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – A witness to an alleged hit-and-run crash helped law enforcement track down the drunk suspect.

The witness stated that the crash took place on LA Hwy 44 and it involved a Ford F-150 that was driven by Armando Acosta, 42, of Baton Rouge.

The call came in from the witness a little after 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 17.

The witness followed Acosta who was allegedly “swerving over the roadway nearly striking other vehicles,” according to the affidavit.

A member of the Louisiana State Police caught up with the witness and Acosta on Jones Creek Rd.

A traffic stop was initiated on South Harrells Ferry Rd.

Acosta exited the vehicle and allegedly struggled to walk towards the deputy.

The deputy “detected an extreme odor of alcoholic beverages emitting from his breath, incoherent speech, and his eyes were bloodshot, ” according to the affidavit.

After his arrest, Acosta was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Tuesday, October 18.

Further investigation determined that Acosta did not have a driver’s license and an “open 12 ounce Corona beer bottle containing an alcoholic beverage” was found inside the vehicle.

Around one hour after the call came in, Acosta was given a breath test.

The test generated a BAC of .244%.

The 42-year-old is charged with the crimes listed below:

  • Operating A Vehicle While Intoxicated
  • Reckless Operation Of A Vehicle
  • Possession Alcohol in Vehicle
  • Driver Must be Licensed

The Baton Rouge man remains behind bars on a $6,000 bond.