Police and fire briefs for June 18, 2013

Anthony Asmore
Anthony Asmore

Vehicle runs off road, hits person, 2 houses

A Baton Rouge man who police say admitted to being “very drunk” was arrested Sunday after he ran off the road and hit a vehicle, person, tree and two houses.

Baton Rouge police booked Anthony Asmore, 30, 5445 Breckenridge Ave., Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of negligent vehicle injuring, reckless operation of a vehicle and first-offense DWI, prison records show.

A 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Asmore ran off the road in the 4600 block of Clayton Road shortly before 6:10 p.m., according to an affidavit of probable cause.

“The defendant had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage upon his person, spoke with incoherent/slurred speech, and advised that he was very drunk,” the affidavit says.

His blood alcohol content was 0.19, more than twice the legal limit, according to the results of a breathalyzer test, the affidavit says. It says the person who was struck was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Red Cross assists 14 after apartment fire

Nine units at the Evangeline Place apartments were damaged in a fire at 7 p.m. Sunday that began with an unattended pot left on a stove.

No one was injured in the blaze, which occurred at the complex at 4747 Annette St. just north of Evangeline Street.

American Red Cross volunteers assisted 14 people, including two children, whose apartments were damaged in the fire, an American Red Cross official said.

The fire gutted the kitchen and living room and caused smoke and heat damage throughout the rest of the apartment, Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman Robert Combs said.

The apartment next door sustained heavy damage to the kitchen wall while other units sustained moderate smoke damage, Combs said.

The Red Cross provided temporary housing, food, clothing, shoes and comfort kits, as well as referrals to the Salvation Army, Greater Baton Rouge Area Food Bank and St. Vincent de Paul, to those in need of such assistance.

Stove fire damages home in Glen Oaks

An unattended pot on a stove caused a fire Monday morning at a house at 7753 Bismark Drive in the north Baton Rouge neighborhood of Glen Oaks.

Firefighters were called to the home at 9 a.m., District 6 Fire Department Chief Joel Hancock said.

The nine residents of the house — four adults and five children — all made it out of the home unharmed, Hancock said. However, the blaze caused an estimated $25,000 to $30,000 in damage to the home, primarily to the kitchen.

Authorities book 4 on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least four 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:

Randy Brown, 26, 1303 Ave. C, Port Allen, third-offense DWI, driver’s license suspended/revoked, failure to maintain control/careless operation and insurance required.

Micah Miller, 24, 18342 Char-a-banc Ave., Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, following too close, possession of drug paraphernalia, driver’s license not in possession, improper lane usage, reckless operation of a vehicle, possession of marijuana and disobeying a red light.

Thuy Nguyen, 34, 945 East Blvd., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and failure to maintain control/careless operation.

William Scott, 38, 11170 Boardwalk Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage and driver’s license suspended/revoked.

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