Police and fire briefs for April 3, 2013

BR police investigate
meth lab fire at hotel

Baton Rouge police are investigating a methamphetamine lab that caught fire Tuesday morning at a hotel.

Police and firefighters responded to the blaze after 2:30 a.m. at the Crossland Economy Studios on Boardwalk Drive, police spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said.

No occupants of the hotel room were present and no arrests were made Tuesday, McKneely said.

The small fire caused a limited amount of damage, McKneely said. A crew was called to clean up the hazardous materials, he said.

Gas fumes blamed
in BR house fire

Fumes from gasoline stored inside a Van Buren Street house caused a Tuesday afternoon fire at the home, according to the Baton Rouge Fire Department.

Firefighters arrived at 271 Van Buren at 2:02 p.m. and found flames extending through the roof of the rear bedroom, Fire Department spokesman Curt Monte said in a news release.

The bedroom and attic above the bedroom were destroyed, and the rest of the home suffered smoke and water damage, Monte said.

The blaze was brought under control at 2:14 p.m., he said.

One resident was home at the time, but no one was injured, Monte said.

The Red Cross was called to assist the resident, Monte said.

Four people arrested
on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least four people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Monday and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • John Diggs, 38, 11844 Pamela Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and driver’s license suspended or revoked.
  • Christopher Lahaye, 22, 8228 La. 82, Youngsville, first-offense DWI, hit and run, and reckless operation of a vehicle.
  • Dustin McLin, 28, 6444 Jones Creek Road, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, failure to signal and improper turns.
  • Landon Parker, 26, 202 E. Boyd Drive, Baton Rouge, third-offense DWI, driver’s license suspended or revoked, possession of drug paraphernalia, improper lane usage, speeding and possession of schedule I drugs.

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