Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for Jan. 2, 2014

Baton Rouge woman killed in four-car crash

A four-vehicle crash Tuesday night on La. 67, south of La. 64 in East Baton Rouge Parish, left one woman dead and three other people injured, a State Police spokesman said.

Details about the crash are scarce, but State Police spokesman Trooper First Class Jared Sandifer said Patricia W. Titus, 51, of Baton Rouge, died from injuries she sustained when her 2012 Toyota Camry was struck by a 2004 GMC Yukon driven by Christopher Price, 20, of Zachary, shortly after 10:30 p.m.

Troopers do not know what caused the crash, Sandifer said.

After the initial collision, a 2010 Honda CRV driven by Cleola Muse, 71, of Baton Rouge, and a 2003 Toyota Camry driven by Charmessia Venson, 24, of Baton Rouge, both crashed into the other two vehicles, Sandifer said.

Price, Muse and Venson were taken to hospitals with moderate to severe injuries, Sandifer said.

Troopers are still investigating if impairment was a factor in the crash and if the drivers were wearing seat belts, Sandifer said.

Cause of 30th Street fire remains unknown

A 30th Street home is considered a total loss after a fire broke out Tuesday night and caused significant damage.

Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman Robert Combs said firefighters arrived at the home at 923 N. 30th St. at 9:40 p.m. and found the fire had spread throughout the entire structure.

Firefighters extinguished the flames by 10 p.m., Combs said.

The home’s occupant told firefighters that he thinks the fire began near the window air-conditioning and heating unit, although the cause is still under investigation, Combs said.

Woman escapes Tuesday house fire

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a fire that broke out near electrical equipment Tuesday night in a 47th Street home.

Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman Robert Combs said the woman living in the home at 1007 N. 47th St. awoke to see her home in flames and was able to get out safely.

Firefighters arrived at 9:17 p.m., five minutes after receiving the call, and extinguished the blaze at 10:07 p.m., Combs said.

The home suffered significant fire damage and is considered a total loss, Combs said.

Authorities book 11 on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least 11 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. Wednesday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Bishop Brandle, 26, 11805 E. 62nd St., Indianapolis, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.
  • Derek Butler, 28, 58945 Martin Luther King Blvd., Plaquemine, second-offense DWI, improper lane usage and reckless operation.
  • Macon Carroll, 28, 2135 U.S. 190 West, Port Allen, first-offense DWI and driver’s license required.
  • Jason Deano, 24, 18254 Deep Forest Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation and improper lane usage.
  • Andre Dorgan, 37, 59125 Bellview Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, stop sign/yield sign violation and reckless operation.
  • Kenneth Hamilton, 24, 645 University Walk, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.
  • Elizabeth Hutchinson, 20, 30149 Willow St., Livingston, Texas, first-offense DWI and following too close.
  • Kenneth Lacombe, 24, 5131 Butter Creek Lane, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation, improper window tint and motor vehicle inspection required.
  • Joshua Smith, 27, 2494 W. Maple St., Port O’Connor, Texas, first-offense DWI, speeding and reckless operation.
  • Christopher Tolleson, 25, 201 Torrenova Circle, Lafayette, first-offense DWI.
  • Naya Wiley, 57, 41394 Narvie Road, Gonzales, first-offense DWI, failure to maintain control of a vehicle and reckless operation.

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