Woman charged with DWI after crash leaves 5 seriously injured

Woman charged with DWI after crash leaves 5 seriously injured

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge Police Department is investigating a crash involving a woman they say was driving while intoxicated.

Police responded to a crash involving two vehicles just before 9 p.m. Sunday.

When police arrived, they found both vehicles off of the side of the road near a canal at the intersection of Airline Highway and Barringer Foreman Street.

According to police, 27-year-old Whitney Wilson was driving southbound on Airline Highway when she attempted to beat the light and turn left onto Barringer Foreman St. The vehicle turned into the path of another vehicle and was hit.

The three children in Wilson's vehicle, ages 2-years-old to 10-years-old, received serious injuries in the crash. The driver in the second vehicle and the passenger, a 5-year-old child, suffered serious injuries in the crash.

Through the investigation, police found that there were no child seats in the vehicle. They also found that the child sitting in the front seat of the vehicle was not wearing a seat belt at the time.

Police say when they interviewed Wilson about the crash, she admitted that she had been drinking. She submitted to a field sobriety test and later submitted to a blood alcohol test after she was taken to a nearby hospital

When released, Wilson will face five counts of first degree negligent injuring, 3 counts of child passenger restraint system, operating a vehicle while intoxicated and vehicle turning left at an intersection.

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