Police and fire briefs for Jan. 22, 2013

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Firefighters attend to a gas leak at on Burbank  Drive near Gardere Lane Monday afternoon. The incident caused the southbound lanes of Burbank to be shut down part of the day. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Firefighters attend to a gas leak at on Burbank Drive near Gardere Lane Monday afternoon. The incident caused the southbound lanes of Burbank to be shut down part of the day.

Vehicular accident damages gas line

A vehicle ran into a business on Burbank Drive near Gardere Lane and broke a natural gas pipe Monday afternoon, causing a temporary traffic shutdown, authorities said.

Authorities had warned drivers to avoid the area after a vehicle ran into a building at the corner of Burbank and Seaboard Drive, St. George Fire Department spokesman Eldon Ledoux said.

Firefighters from the St. George Fire Department and hazardous materials crews responded and waited for a gas company crew to cut off the gas service line, Ledoux said.

Authorities were not sure at this time why the vehicle ran off the roadway, State Police Trooper 1st Class Jared Sandifer said. Only minor injuries were reported in the accident, Sandifer said.

Man stable following robbery, shooting

Baton Rouge police are investigating a nonfatal shooting Sunday night in the 2600 block of Fuqua Street, a police spokesman said.

Officers arrived at the Fuqua Street scene around 8 p.m. and found a 23-year-old man shot in both legs after a robbery attempt, Cpl. Tommy Stubbs said.

The victim was transported to local hospital and is in stable condition, Stubbs said.

The suspect is described as a black male in his late teens wearing a black and grey hooded sweatshirt, Stubbs said.

Anyone with information about this incident can contact police at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP or (225) 344-7867.

Authorities arrest 1
on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least one person suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked her into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 2:30 p.m. Monday, booking records show.

Debra Dorsey, 53, 6741 Vineyard Drive, Baton Rouge, was booked on one count each of first-offense DWI, improper lane usage, fleeing to elude police and reckless operation of a vehicle.

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