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Suspected drunk driver arrested after fatal crash near Erwinville

The two-vehicle crash left one person dead. (Source: Rick Portier/WAFB) The two-vehicle crash left one person dead. (Source: Rick Portier/WAFB)
Investigators believe Nicholas Porche ran off after the crash. (Source: Rick Portier/WAFB) Investigators believe Nicholas Porche ran off after the crash. (Source: Rick Portier/WAFB)
Nicholas Porche (Source: Louisiana State Police) Nicholas Porche (Source: Louisiana State Police)
ERWINVILLE, LA (WAFB) -

Louisiana State Police said an investigation is underway into a two-vehicle crash that left one person dead and one driver arrested in West Baton Rouge Parish.

The crash happened on LA 620 at LA 983 (Section Road at Bueche Road), which is near Erwinville south of Bueche, around 5:30 a.m. Friday.

According to LSP, 27-year-old Nicholas Porche was driving west on Section Road in a white 2008 GMC Sierra at the same time that 53-year-old Michael Holmes, of Ventress, was driving south on Bueche Road in a red 1998 Ford F-150. Officials believe Porche ran a stop sign and Holmes, unable to avoid the vehicle, crashed into it causing it to overturn. 

Holmes was not wearing his seat belt and died as a result of the crash. The West Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office pronounced him dead at the scene. Officials say Porche was wearing his seat belt. He received minor injuries in the crash but did not want aid.  

When emergency officials arrived on the scene, Porche was not in his vehicle. Officials say the man found he left the scene after the crash and is suspected of being intoxicated at the time of the crash. LSP will get a toxicology sample from both Porche and Holmes, but they do not suspect Holmes was impaired.

Troopers were joined by Deputies from the West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office and the Baton Rouge Police Department’s K-9 Officers to search for Porche. A helicopter also assisted in the search, and Porche was found four hours later in a cane field that was about a half-mile from the crash. 

Porche was transported to the West Baton Rouge Parish Jail and booked on 4th offense DWI, vehicular homicide, felony hit and run, operating a vehicle without required interlock device, and failure to yield at a stop sign.

LA 620 was reopened about two hours after the crash, but LA 983 remained closed for quite some time. 

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