This past Saturday, Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a two-vehicle crash on I-210 between Sulphur and Lake Charles.  The preliminary investigation revealed that 28-year-old Brandon Fowler of DeRidder crashed into another vehicle.  In the car at the time of the accident was Fowler's two-year-old child. Police, after speaking to Fowler, felt that he was showing signs of being impaired and placed him under arrest.

Police filed multiple charges against Fowler including DWI fourth offense, DWI with child endangerment, and improper lane usage. He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. Of course, Fowler is presumed innocent until he has been tried, but if convicted of the charges, Fowler could be facing a large fine and possibly some rather lengthy jail time as well. In addition to all the penalties against him, the district attorney can also seize, impound and auction the vehicle that Fowler was driving at the time of the accident.

In addition to any other penalty, if Fowler is found guilty of the charges, the court shall order, upon motion of the prosecuting district attorney, that the vehicle being operated by the offender at the time of the offense be seized and impounded, and sold at auction.

Motorists who observe impaired drivers are encouraged to dial *LSP (*577) to reach the nearest Louisiana State Police troop location or to dial 911 to contact local law enforcement.

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