Kentwood man sentenced in deadly drunk driving crash with motorcycle

Robert Morris (Source: Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office)
Robert Morris (Source: Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office)

KENTWOOD, LA (WAFB) - A man investigators said was driving drunk when he collided with another vehicle, leaving an elderly motorcyclist dead, has been sentenced after pleading no contest in the case.

The 21st Judicial District Court reported Robert Morris, 52, was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Judge Bruce Bennett after pleading no contest to vehicular homicide.

District Attorney Scott Perrilloux said Bennett ruled Morris must serve at least five years without the benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence.

Elmus Welch, 70, of Kentwood, died in the head-on collision that happened on LA 38 near the Tangipahoa Parish-St. Helena Parish line on Nov. 10, 2012.

Louisiana State Police reported the SUV that Morris was driving went off the road and overcorrected when he tried to get back onto the highway.

According to troopers, the overcorrection caused the SUV to spin into the opposite lane and it collided with Welch's vehicle. Welch was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials reported investigators determined Morris was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

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