Suspect arrested after pedestrians hit by car in Baker

A 31-year-old Denham Springs woman was in critical condition after she and another woman were struck by a suspected drunken driver in the 2700 block of South Magnolia Street in Baker at about 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The second victim, a 29-year-old woman from Denham Springs, is in stable condition, Baker Police Chief Mike Knaps said.

“Apparently he just came on through and whacked them,” Knaps said.

Knaps said the woman in stable condition had several broken bones and the woman in critical condition was unconscious, but breathing when officers arrived.

“For either one of them to have survived it is a blessing,” Knaps said.

Knaps said several witnesses heard a loud bang and saw the two women laying in the street when they went outside to see what happened.

Those witnesses identified the suspect as Jamar Jackson, 34, and said he drove a black Monte Carlo, Knaps said.

Officers found Jackson standing in the street in front of 2414 S. Magnolia and detained him. Jackson did not have a driver’s license on him, but officers learned his driver’s license was suspended and had been expired since October 2005, Knaps said.

Officers also located the car he was driving, which is registered to Jackson at that address.

The car had extensive damage in the front, including a broken windshield with clothing stuck in the windshield, Knaps said.

Jackson, 415 Cypress Drive, Baker, was booked into Parish Prison on two counts of first-degree vehicular negligent injuring and a count of driving while intoxicated, driving with a suspended license, hit-and-run, reckless operation and failing to report an accident.

Jackson performed poorly on a field sobriety test and refused to take a breathalyzer so officers transported him to a nearby hospital to have blood drawn to determine his blood alcohol content, Knaps said.

“The officers feel certain that he was definitely pretty much intoxicated,” Knaps said. “He wasn’t stumbling drunk. He had been drinking.”