Driver faces 4th offense DWI after deadly crash

RAYNE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana State Police said a suspected drunk driver faces several charges, including fourth offense DWI and disabling an ignition interlock device, following a deadly crash Christmas night.

Troopers said Jody Bourque, 48, of Branch, was arrested after a crash on LA 35 north of Rayne just before 10 p.m. in which Germaine Garrick, 35, of Church Point, was killed.

According to reports, Bourque was headed south on LA 35 in a Dodge truck, crossed the center line and collided head-on with an Oldsmobile car driven by Garrick. Investigators said they still have not determined what caused Bourque to cross the center line.

Troopers reported Garrick was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Acadia Parish coroner. They said Mary Ann Garrick, 53, and Rita Garrick, 39, both of Church Point, were taken to area hospitals. They added Mary Ann Garrick was not buckled up and suffered severe injuries, while Rita Garrick was wearing a seatbelt and ended up with minor injuries.

LSP said Bourque was treated at the scene for minor injuries and then arrested. Troopers said they discovered he had disabled the breath alcohol IID he was required to have installed in his truck. He was booked into the Acadia Parish Jail on the following charges:

DWI (4th offense)

Vehicular homicide

Vehicular negligent injuring (2 counts)

Disabling an ignition interlock device (IID)

Driving left of center

Reckless operation

The crash is still being investigated.

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