CENTERVILLE, LA (WAFB) - A man suspected of being under the influence of drugs was booked on several charges, including third-offense DWI, after a crash in which he had to be cut out of the vehicle he was driving.
Raymond Boutte Jr., 47, of New Iberia was arrested following a single-vehicle crash on US 90 near Centerville Monday afternoon.
The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office said it got a call about a reckless driver in the area and while on the way to investigate, a deputy received information from a narcotics detective who saw the vehicle go off the road and into the median near the Calumet Bridge.
According to reports, Boutte slurred his words when the deputy tried to talk to him and couldn't get out of the SUV because of the damage on the driver's side. The Franklin Fire Department responded to the scene and cut the door for Boutte to get out. The detective said he saw several Lortab and Xanax pills in plain view inside the SUV.
SMPSO said Boutte was taken to Teche Regional Medical Center for treatment, but when a deputy later visited the hospital and asked him to submit to an intoxication test, he refused. He was then taken to the parish jail and booked on the following charges:
DWI (3rd offense)
Reckless operation of a vehicle with an accident
Driving under suspension
Possession of Lortab
Possession of Xanax
Bond has not been set.