Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for March, 23, 2014

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Auto body shop worker hurt in gas can blast

A man is in stable condition Saturday following a gas can explosion at an auto body shop in north Baton Rouge.

Curt Monte, spokesman for the Baton Rouge Fire Department, said the man was cutting on a car with a torch at Stampley’s Auto Body on Scenic Highway, near Walnut Street, shortly before noon when a gas can exploded.

Fire investigators say they think slag from the victim cutting on the car struck the can, causing the explosion, Monte said.

The victim told firefighters he tried putting the fire out with a fire extinguisher, but the can exploded before he could get it out, Monte said. The explosion damaged the car he was working on and three other cars in the shop.

Firefighters arrived about 12:02 p.m. and had the fire out about five minutes later, Monte said. The fire caused about $50,000 in damage to the vehicles and the building, Monte said.

Kendall Washington, spokesman for East Baton Rouge Emergency Medical Services, said the victim suffered second-degree burns to his upper body from the explosion but was in stable condition.

He was transported to a nearby hospital.

BR man accused of offenses after crash

Baton Rouge police Friday arrested a 49-year-old man accused of drunkenly crashing his vehicle with his 3-month-old child not properly restrained inside.

Police booked Patrick Reed, 49, 3910 N. Foster Drive, into Parish Prison on counts of first-offense DWI, insurance required, possession of alcohol in vehicle, failure to yield, child desertion, reckless operation, driver’s license required, obscenity, a child restraint violation and license plate switched, booking records show.

Reed allegedly failed to yield while turning left and struck a vehicle traveling through a green light, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

A police officer responded to the crash on Winbourne Avenue shortly after 8 p.m. and found Reed with heavily slurred speech and an unsteady balance, while also holding an alcoholic beverage in his hand, the affidavit says.

Police found his 3-month-old child inside the car but no car seat, the affidavit says.

While being booked into Parish Prison, Reed refused sobriety tests and later “urinated upon a wall within a holding area after having ample opportunity to notify officers of any need to urinate,” an officer wrote in the affidavit.

Authorities book nine on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least nine people, including Patrick Reed, 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:

  • Brent Bishop, 19233 S. Trent Jones Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, careless operation and distribution or possession with intent to distribute Schedule I drugs.
  • Barbara L. Ellis, 51, 9513 Deer Run Ave., Zachary, first-offense DWI, reckless operation, failure to yield while turning, disobeying a red light and insurance required.
  • Anders Gonzales, 25, 443 Baird St., Baton Rouge, third-offense DWI and careless operation.
  • Christopher Jackson, 25, 1905 Bay St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, expired motor vehicle inspection, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license and improper lane usage.
  • Andrew King, 47, 11569 Sewanee Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, speeding, improper lane usage and driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license.
  • Shameka Murray, 32, 2757 72nd Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.
  • Eric Sanchez, 27, 322 Steele Blvd., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, flight from an officer and speeding.
  • Kedrick Veal, 27, 7622 Maribel Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and careless operation.

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