BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge police have arrested a Geismar man after allegedly hitting a bicyclist while drunk.
Johnny Hamilton, 42, was arrested after police say that he was allegedly drunk while driving eastbound around the 1800 block of North Boulevard at 18th Street. Hamilton is accused of running over a woman who fell off of a bicycle in the roadway. BRPD says the woman was not severely injured, but she was transported to a nearby hospital.
Officers approaching Hamilton suspected that he was driving under the influence, noting slurred speech, balance issues, and bloodshot eyes. Officers with the BRPD say that Hamilton admitted to officers that he had been drinking multiple beers at the Spanish Town parade earlier in the day. Hamilton performed poorly on a field sobriety test, and failed a breathalyzer test as well, says police.
Upon searching his vehicle, officers found a handgun that was reported stolen from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office.
Hamilton was charged with his first DWI, Reckless Operation, Negligent Injuring, and Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm.