Eunice man crashes into School Bus, arrested for 3rd DWI

Eunice man crashes into School Bus, arrested for 3rd DWI
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 1:23pm

A 27-year-old Eunice man was arrested for his third DWI on Tuesday, May 13, after crashing into a school bus.

Louisiana State Police say the accident happened around 3:42 p.m. as Dustin Richard McGowen, 27, of Eunice was driving his pickup truck on LA 383.

The Allen Parish school bus was lawfully stopped in a lane of travel with red warning lights on and stop signs out.

McGowen failed to stop and crashed into the back of the school bus. As a result, two children and the bus driver suffered minor injuries and were taken to the hospital.

Officers who responded to the scene suspected that McGowen was impaired, and they called in a drug recognition expert, who determined that McGowen was impaired.

McGowen initially refused to submit a toxicology sample, and officers obtained a no refusal warrant to get a sample without McGowen’s consent. The sample was submitted for analysis.

McGowen was charged with DWI third offense, negligent injury (three counts), illegal possession of Xanax, illegal possession of drug paraphernalia, careless operation, and failure to wear a seatbelt.

McGowen was booked into the Allen Parish Jail.

The crash remains under investigation.

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