Police and fire briefs for Oct. 12, 2013

Police accuse man of stealing Ford pickups

Baton Rouge police arrested a man on allegations he stole two Ford pickups, part of an investigation into thieves targeting F-250s and F-350s in the Capital City area.

Michael Jermaine Wilson, 36, 1067 Central Road, Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on two felony counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He denied the allegations in an interview with police.

Police said Wilson was in possession of an F-350 reported stolen in August and an F-250 reported stolen last month. Thieves have been stealing the pickups by damaging the keyhole locking mechanism and unlocking the vehicles with a screwdriver, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

“The defendant has a previous criminal history of theft using this method of entry into vehicles to commit burglary or theft of those vehicles,” the affidavit says.

7 people accused of DWI, booked into jail

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

Those booked and the counts against them:

Nicholas Atkinson, 27, 9809 Forrest Delatte Road, Denham Springs, first-offense DWI, reckless operation, improper lane change and speeding.

Jacob Babin, 25, 2807 Rush St., Slaughter, second-offense DWI and driving the wrong way on a one-way street.

Kristee Clark, 36, 155 Black Jack Road, Gilmer, Texas, first-offense DWI, driving with expired license, improper lane change, speeding and improper turn.

Andrew Keller, 26, 1741 Brightside Lane, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and failure to signal.

George Knost, 46, 232 Third St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, failure to signal and disobeying a red light.

Marvin Mattox, 33, 1360 Doolittle Ave., Zachary, second-offense DWI, reckless operation, and driving with a suspended license.

Loney Taylor, 36, 4855 Frey St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI.

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