Police: Family injured in 2-vehicle accident

State Police arrested a Covington man for drunken driving following a two-vehicle crash Saturday near Robert that left two children with critical injuries.

Nichole Young, 35, of Pontchatoula, along with her two children, a 5-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son, were traveling north in their car on La. 445 at about 8 p.m., State Police spokesman Nick Manale said.

The crash occurred when Stephen Herbert Jr., 58, of Covington, turned the pickup he was driving into the path of Young’s car as Herbert made a left turn onto the Interstate 12 eastbound ramp, Manale said.

Young was moderately injured in the crash while her two children were critically injured and were airlifted to Interim LSU Public Hospital in New Orleans, Manale said.

Impairment is not suspected on the part of Young, but State Police are awaiting toxicology results, Manale said.

Manale also said that Young and her children were not wearing seat belts.

Tests performed by troopers indicated Herbert had a blood-alcohol content greater than 0.08 percent, Manale said.

In Louisiana, a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher is considered presumptive evidence of drunken driving.

It was Herbert’s second DWI arrest, Manale said. He was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on three counts of first-degree vehicular negligent injuring, second-offense DWI and failure to yield while turning left at an intersection, Manale said.

The crash is still under investigation and more charges could follow for both drivers, Manale said.

“While the primary contributing factor in the crash was driver impairment, the lack of seat belt use resulted in preventable life threatening injuries to the innocent victims,” Manale said.