Baton Rouge fire and police briefs for March 9, 2014

Motor home fire snarls traffic at I-10/12 split

A motor home caught fire on Interstate 10 near the I-10/12 split Saturday evening, temporarily snarling traffic in one of the city’s busiest corridors.

The fire was sparked by a blowout of the motor home’s left front tire shortly after 5 p.m., said Curt Monte, a Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman.

No one was injured in the fire.

The driver of the motor home told investigators that after the blowout, he pulled over to the left side of the road on Interstate 10 eastbound. But the only exit door was on the right side of the motor home, and passing cars prevented him from opening the door, Monte said.

Meantime, the fire grew, and the driver couldn’t use his fire extinguisher on it because he couldn’t exit the vehicle.

Eventually, the driver was able to escape and firefighters later extinguished the flames.

Authorities closed some lanes as they fought the fire and during the cleanup, causing traffic to back up. But at least one eastbound lane remained open throughout the incident, Monte said.

Heroin overdose leads to BR man’s arrest

A Baton Rouge man accused of selling heroin to a man who nearly died from an overdose in September has been arrested.

Baker police booked Robert Cole, 20, 5335 Truman St., Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison early Saturday on one count of attempted second-degree murder and two counts of possession with intent to distribute Schedule I drugs stemming from the September incident.

He also was booked on counts of possession with intent to distribute Schedule I drugs, illegal possession of a firearm with a controlled dangerous substance, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of Schedule I and II drugs stemming from a Delta Narcotics Task Force raid of his home Saturday, court records show.

Cole was arrested during the raid.

Emergency personnel found the victim unresponsive Sept. 1, but were not able to rescusitate him and brought him to a nearby hospital, the arrest warrant says.

Two witnesses and the victim identified Cole as the person who sold them the heroin, the warrant says.

Man arrested in crash that injured several

State police arrested a 42-year-old man Friday after he allegedly caused a three-vehicle crash on U.S. 61 that sent several people to the hospital with moderate to severe injuries, a State Police spokesman said.

Troopers booked Khamphangdeth Souvannaphim, 3321 Elm Drive, Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on seven counts of negligent injuring, two counts of child restraint violations and one count each of driving while intoxicated and careless operation, Trooper First Class Jared Sandifer said.

The crash occurred at about 4:15 p.m. Friday on U.S. 61, north of Barringer Foreman Road, Sandifer said.

Souvannaphim was heading north in a 1997 BMW 740iL when he went to switch lanes, unaware that one lane was stopped due to someone making a turn. He ran off the road, through the median and into the southbound lanes, Sandifer said.

He struck two Chevrolet pickups heading south on U.S. 61, one head on, before stopping, Sandifer said.

There were seven passengers in the BMW, including two children who were unrestrained, and all were transported to hospitals with varying injuries, Sandifer said.

Troopers suspect Souvannaphim may have been intoxicated at the time of the crash, Sandifer said.

13 people booked on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least 13 people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

Louvenia Allen, 21, 7636 Pennhill Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, failure to maintain control, motor vehicle inspection required and reckless operation.

Paul Collins, 23, 12031 Province Place, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, driving over the median and reckless operation.

Travis Eudey, 24, 1409 Tasajillo Drive, St. Gabriel, first-offense DWI, driving over the median and speeding.

Jon Frederic, 20, 6122 Tezcuco Court, Gonzales, first-offense DWI, motor vehicle inspection required/expired and driver’s license not on person.

Jennifer Gleason, 29, 9089 La. 959, Slaughter, first-offense DWI, resisting an officer, possession of alcohol in vehicle and simple criminal damage to property.

Joshua Guste, 21, 430 Florida Blvd., New Orleans, first-offense DWI, passing on the right and reckless operation.

Joy Harrison, 30, 15658 Riverdale Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and license plate required.

Reggie Heyse, 48, 11715 Burgess Road, Walker, first-offense DWI, speeding, improper turn, improper lane usage and reckless operation.

Erica Johnson, 37, 4554 New Veis, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, speeding, following too close and driver’s license suspended/revoked.

Toni Passman, 50, 31289 Greenwell Springs Road, Greenwell Springs, second-offense DWI, improper lane usage, disobeying a red light and careless operation.

Clifton Reeves, 24, 4102 Stu Jac Lane, Slaughter, first-offense DWI and speeding.

Levar Robinson, 36, 2959 Madison Ave., Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, resisting an officer, improper lane usage and reckless operation.

Marcus Salisberry, 35, 2319 Shawnee St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage, reckless operation, resisting an officer and drinking in a motor vehicle.

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