A suspected drunken driver killed Sunday

Two men racing their cars down U.S. 51 near Kentwood early Sunday were probably drunk when the cars touched, causing one to spin off the road and kill the driver, State Police said.

Jeremy Owen, 26, Meadville, Miss., died in the wreck after he was thrown from his 2006 Dodge Stratus just past midnight, Trooper First Class Nick Manale said.

Owen was heading south in the northbound lane of U.S. 51, slightly behind a 2000 Pontiac Grand AM driven by Colby McNabb, 22, who was going south in the southbound lane, Manale said.

The right front of Owen’s Dodge clipped the left rear of the Pontiac, causing Owen’s car to spin counterclockwise and off the east side of the road. The Dodge crashed into several trees before Owen was thrown. He was pronounced dead at Hood Memorial in Amite, Manale said.

Owen was not wearing a seat belt. McNabb, of Greensburg, and a passenger, both wore seat belts and were not injured.

McNabb’s blood-alcohol level was over the legal limit, Manale said. He was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on counts of vehicular homicide and reckless operation. Manale said State Police also suspect Owen was intoxicated and are waiting for toxicology results.