Suspect in hit-and-run was found at home "intoxicated"

William J. Powell (Source: Walker Police Department)
William J. Powell (Source: Walker Police Department)

WALKER, LA (WAFB) - A Walker, LA man was arrested by police Sunday night following a hit-and run crash that injured two adults and a child. According to police the man ran away from the scene on foot and was later found at his home and appeared to be intoxicated.

The crash happened just after 5 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Walker South Road (LA 447) and Florida Boulevard (US 190). Police say the man ran from the crash scene "on foot." The three victims of the crash were taken by ambulance to a local hospital. It is unknown at this time the severity of the injuries.

Through vehicle registration, Walker Police determined William J. Powell, 32, of Walker, to be the owner of the pickup truck that caused the crash. During the investigation, officers learned Powell  had numerous outstanding warrants from the State of Georgia. Georgia authorities said they would extradite him.

Officers went to the address where Powell's vehicle was registered to find he was not home. An hour later, officers returned to the house and Powell was there. He denied any involvement in the crash but could not explain where his truck was. Officers said he appeared intoxicated.

Powell was informed that he was under arrest as a fugitive from the State of Georgia and for suspicion of hit and run driving while intoxicated.

Powell admitted to police that he was involved in the crash and that he had been drinking. He said he ran into a nearby wooded area because he was scared.

After Powell was taken to the Livingston Parish Detention center where he was booked, he was given a Blood Alcohol test. The test was given over two hours after the crash and Powell's BAC was 0.115 percent. A person with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent is considered impaired in Louisiana.

Because of his BAC, charges of driving while intoxicated were added to the charges against him.

Powell is in jail on a 1,899 bond. In addition, a probation hold has been placed on Powell as a result of the outstanding fugitive warrants from Georgia. Powell will be extradited to Georgia once the charges against him have been resolved.

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