Police and fire briefs for May 19, 2014

Tyronn Collins
Tyronn Collins

Advocate staff report

Man, 21, arrested for shooting at woman, girl

Baton Rouge police on Saturday arrested a man accused of using his truck to block a vehicle on May 5 while another man stood up in the truck’s bed and shot at a woman and her 6-year-old child inside the vehicle multiple times with a handgun.

Police booked Tyronn Collins, 21, 2556 Thomas H. Delpit Drive, Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated criminal damage to property.

Collins sped away after the shooting that occurred in the 100 block of Taft Street, according to his arrest warrant.

The warrant does not say if the woman or the child were injured in the shooting, but it does say bullets struck their vehicle multiple times.

Police continue to search for the alleged shooter, Antonio Switzer, 25, 446 E. Buchanan St., Baton Rouge, according to the warrant for Switzer’s arrest.

The victim identified Collins as the driver and Switzer as the shooter.

Sunshine man, 72, killed in wreck on Siegen Lane

A 72-year-old Sunshine man was killed Sunday afternoon after he was thrown from his motorcycle when it struck a curb on Siegen Lane just north of Perkins Road, a State Police spokesman said.

Thomas W. Duke was pronounced dead by the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office following the 1 p.m. accident, Trooper 1st Class Jared Sandifer said.

Duke was driving his 2002 Harley-Davidson south on Siegen Lane when it ran off the road to the right, struck a concrete curb and threw Duke from the motorcycle, Sandifer said.

Driver distraction may be a factor in the crash, Sandifer said.

Duke was wearing a helmet, but it was not one that is approved by the Department of Transportation, Sandifer said.

Troopers closed both southbound lanes for about two hours following the accident, Sandifer said.

The crash remains under investigation.

Authorities arrest 13 suspected of DWI

Authorities arrested at least 13 people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish — including a man on a fourth-offense DWI — and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

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