When officers made contact with the driver of the suspect vehicle, they immediately detected a strong odor of an alcoholic drink coming from him. Traffic officers conducted a DWI investigation in addition to the investigation of the crash, and the driver was arrested.
According to the investigation, the suspect driver ran a red light and was struck from the side by another vehicle proceeding at a green light.
The driver was identified as Jose Martinez, 46, of Ball, and was charged with DWI-4th Offense, Running a Red Light, No Driver’s License-Never Had One, and Hit & Run.
He was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center. No serious injuries were reported in the crash and none of the parties were transported to hospitals.