Driver thrown from car dies in Iberville

An unrestrained motorist died late Saturday when his Mercedes Benz veered off the road and struck a pole, State Police said.

Armise Thomas III, 52, Paulina, died about 11 p.m. on La. 1 north of La. 993 in Iberville Parish, Trooper First Class Jared Sandifer said in a news release.

Thomas, who driving a 2012 Mercedes GK3, was headed south on La. 1 when the car careened off the road to the left and crossed the median and northbound lanes.

The car slammed into a ditch and an embankment before going airborne and flying into the pole, throwing Thomas, Sandifer said.

Thomas died at the scene. Speeding was a factor, Sandifer said

Troopers took toxicology samples to test for impairment, Sandifer said.