Acadiana Police and Fire Briefs for Jan. 18, 2013

Adam Batiste
Adam Batiste

2 injured in wreck; second driver jailed

A Lafayette man and his 2-year-old child are in critical condition after a suspected drunken driver’s vehicle collided with their vehicle on Moss Street late Wednesday, police said.

Jamuse Broussard, 23, of Lafayette, was arrested on one count each of drunken driving, driving under suspension, failure to yield, and two counts of vehicular negligent injury in the crash at 10:50 p.m., Lafayette police said in a news release.

Police said the injured driver is a 33-year-old man from Lafayette who was driving a 2002 GMC Sierra going south on Moss with the child as a passenger.

Police said Broussard, driving a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe, was northbound on Moss and tried to turn left onto Van Buren Drive.

Woman dies from beating injuries

A woman found severely beaten this week died Thursday from injuries investigators believe were inflicted by her roommate, a Lafayette man now in jail, police said.

Gabrielle Spencer, 18, of Lafayette, died at a hospital Thursday, one day after she was found badly beaten at Morning Glory Square where Adam Batiste lived with Spencer, police Cpl. Paul Mouton said in a news release.

Batiste, 24, was arrested Wednesday and booked on a count of attempted second-degree murder. On Thursday police upgraded it to one count of second-degree murder, Mouton said.

Batiste and Spencer were roommates, though Mouton said he didn’t know the extent of their relationship.

Police found Spencer at 11 a.m. Wednesday after receiving a call about an unresponsive woman, Mouton said, who had “sustained severe bruising on her body.”

Spencer was transported to a hospital in critical condition.

Mouton did not say if Spencer regained consciousness before she died.

The case remains under investigation.

Driver charged with hitting motorcyclist

A 69-year-old motorcyclist from Carencro is in critical condition after an early Thursday morning crash on Moss Street in Lafayette, police said.

The motorcyclist, who was not identified, was hit by a pickup truck when the driver made an improper U-turn on Moss Street at 6:30 a.m., a Lafayette police news release says.

Joseph Long, 34, of Breaux Bridge, at first was cited for improper U-turn, then police arrested him on a count of first-degree vehicular negligent injury, the release said.

Police do not suspect alcohol was a factor in the accident, which remains under investigation, the release said.

Pedestrian struck crossing interstate

A pedestrian trying to cross Interstate 49 was killed Thursday morning when he was struck by a car, Opelousas Police Chief Perry Gallow said.

Carlos Westin, 32, of Opelousas, was killed when he tried to cross the northbound lanes of I-49 at 3 a.m., Police Chief Perry Gallow Gallow said.

Gallow said Westin was wearing dark clothing. “It was difficult for the driver to see him,” Gallow said.

The driver, who was not identified, was not cited, and police said they do not believe alcohol played a part, Gallow said.

The accident remains under investigation.

Compiled by
the Acadiana bureau