Police and fire briefs for March 25, 2014

Dump truck rear-ends school bus; three hurt

A dump truck rear-ended a school bus full of children Monday morning when the truck driver’s foot slipped off the brake at a red light, a police spokesman said.

Paramedics transported the bus driver and two students to hospitals with minor injuries, said Mike Chustz, a spokesman for the East Baton Rouge Parish Emergency Medical Services.

The incident occurred shortly before 7:30 a.m. at South Choctaw and Airway drives, Cpl. Don Coppola Jr. said.

The driver was cited for following too close, Coppola said.

The bus was carrying students bound for Belaire High School, said Keith Bromery, spokesman for the East Baton Rouge Parish school system.

He said there was damage to the back of the bus, but he was unsure as to the extent of the damage.

Authorities arrest 3 on suspicion of DWI

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. Sunday and 2:30 p.m. Monday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

Jeremy Couch, 32, 148 Tyler St., American Falls, Idaho, first-offense DWI and careless driving.

Elmer Roberto Rivera, 26, no address provided, first-offense DWI, no drivers license, and disobeying a red light.

Wendy Walker, 28, 29421 S. Magnolia St., Livingston, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.

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