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Driver who fled from wrong way crash turns himself in, admits to drinking

Michael McKenzie (Source: EBRSO) Michael McKenzie (Source: EBRSO)

A man was arrested for DWI and other charges after he allegedly confessed to drinking before he drove the wrong way down Airline Highway. Although he fled the scene after causing a crash, he later turned himself in saying he wanted to "make his mistakes right."

According to the probable cause report filed by the Louisiana State Police, the crash happened on Friday, June 20 at roughly 9:30 p.m. on Airline Hwy. near Flanacher Road. Deputies with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office arrived on scene first. A deputy claims to have witnessed a man running from the scene, but was unable to catch him.

"I spoke to the driver and passengers of the other vehicle involved," the trooper noted in the arrest report. "They stated they were traveling northbound on US 61 [Airline] in the inside lane when the Yukon approached them southbound the wrong way. The driver stated that she had to swerve around the Yukon to avoid a head on collision where her vehicle and the Yukon made contact on the driver sides."

The trooper noted that the impact of the crash knocked a tire off of the Yukon. It was found on the other side of Airline.

"When I conducted an inventory of the Yukon for the wrecker, I observed three Miller Light 8 oz beer cans opened and empty on the passenger side floorboard of the Yukon," the trooper noted.

Two days later, Michael McKenzie, 44, of St. Francisville, allegedly confessed to causing the crash.

"McKenzie volunteered to give a verbal and written statement," the trooper noted. "During the investigation McKenzie admitted to driving the Yukon on June 20 at the time of the crash. McKenzie went on to say that he had several beers at his cousin's house, who lived near Flanacher Rd. McKenzie turned himself in and said he wanted to make his mistakes right and knew he had to own up to it. McKenzie has no reason for leaving the scene of the crash."

McKenzie was arrested and charged with DWI, hit and run, negligent vehicular injury, driving over median, and possession of alcoholic beverage in vehicle. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison where he is being held in lieu of an $8,000 bond. 

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