POSTED: Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 12:30pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 12:34pm
NORCO, LA (WDSU-CNN) — Louisiana State Police have confirmed to WDSU that Jennifer Englade, the woman involved in Sunday’s accident in Norco that killed three, including a pregnant woman, was over the legal limit for alcohol.
Prosecutors in St. Charles Parish tell WDSU that Englade will be charged with three counts of vehicular homicide, one count of first-degree feticide, one count of negligent injury and second-offense DWI Wednesday.
Police expect Englade to be released from the hospital, where she is being treated for injuries sustained in the crash, sometime between Wednesday and Saturday.
Police told WDSU that Englade will be transported to the St. Charles Parish jail as soon as she is released.
St. Charles Parish District Attorney Joel Chaisson told WDSU he will ask for substantially high bond because of the nature of the case and the history of the driver.
Police would not release Englade’s exact blood alcohol level.
WDSU has learned that Englade has been arrested for DWI on at least four previous occasions.
Chaisson added that the reason why Englade is being charged with second-offense DWI is because her first three DWIs came in 1996 and 1999 (two), and there is a 10-year limit to using previous DWI charges to enhance additional DWI charges. Only Englade's 2012 DWI can be used to enhance the most current charge.
Police said Englade was traveling northbound on US 61 near LA 627 in a 2006 Pontiac G6 and crossed the raised median shortly before 2 a.m.
The Pontiac entered the southbound lane and was struck on its right side by a 2001 Honda Civic driven by Romishe Mejia-Fequier, of Harvey, police said.
Two of the people killed in the crash worked at a refinery in St. John Parish and had just left work when their car was struck by Englade's Pontiac G6 early Sunday morning.
Those killed were identified as: Esther Centeno, 20, of Bridge City; Romishe Mejia-Fequier, 23, of Harvey; and Joshua Jones, 29, of Sulphur.
Jones was a passenger is Englade's car, while Centeno and Mejia-Fequier were in the second vehicle, a Honda Civic.
Another passenger in the Honda, Mejia Medena, 20, of Harvey, suffered critical injuries.