Alleged drunk driver pleads not guilty to charges in cyclist's death

Joseph Branch (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
Joseph Branch (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The man accused of driving drunk and hitting two cyclists, killing one of them, was arraigned in court Tuesday morning.

Joseph Branch, 28, pleaded not guilty to DWI (2nd offense), vehicular homicide and negligent injury.

The Baton Rouge Police Department said Joseph Branch had a .307 percent blood alcohol content when he hit and killed Nathan Crowson, 30.

The legal limit in Louisiana is a blood alcohol content of .08 percent.

According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, Nathaniel Crowson and Danny Morris were riding bikes in the 6100 block of Perkins Road when they were hit from behind by a vehicle.

Crowson was pronounced dead at the scene. He left behind a 5-year-old daughter named Katherine.

Morris, 31, was in the hospital for nearly a month due to the injuries he suffered in the crash.

He had a broken left ankle, his hip and femur are pinned. His pelvis was shattered. He now has a metal brace holding it together.

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