POLICE AND FIRE BRIEFS

Man dies in accident Tuesday afternoon

A Baton Rouge man died Tuesday afternoon when he lost control of his Jeep Wrangler in the Cortana Mall parking lot, struck a tree and rolled over.

Scott Adams, 39, 8939 Jefferson Highway, died from injuries sustained in the crash that occurred at 3:22 p.m., Baton Rouge police spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said.

Adams was driving around a curve when his tire struck a curb, he lost control and hit a tree in a grassy area, McKneely said. After hitting the tree, the Jeep rolled over onto its top, McKneely said.

A passenger, a 16-year-old male, was transported to a local hospital and was treated for minor injuries, McKneely said.

Adams was pronounced dead at the scene, McKneely said. He said alcohol is not suspected to be a factor in the crash, McKneely said.

3 accused of driving while intoxicated

Authorities arrested at least three 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:

  • Dawson Kennard, 19, 30534 Norris Bendily Road, Denham Springs, first-offense DWI, reckless operation, failure to yield and driving without a license.
  • Sergio Pacheco, 20, 6202 Milwee St., Houston, Texas, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.
  • Christopher Romito, 51, 14086 Airline Highway, Gonzales, first-offense DWI, obstruction of a highway and driving without a license.

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