Nikki Buskey / Houma Courier
Six people, including three children, were injured late Friday night in a head-on collision along La. 311 in Houma in which police suspect one driver was drunk.
Lanier Soudelier, 51, of Lafayette, was charged with second-offense DWI, driving left of the centerline, and vehicular negligent injury, according to State Police Troop C.
Soudelier was travelling north on La. 311 near Ellendale Boulevard in Houma about 11:20 p.m. when he began veering across the centerline into the southbound lane, police said.
George Bergeron of Houma was headed south on La. 311 and saw Soulelier cross into his lane. Bergeron tried to hit the brakes and swerve onto the shoulder to avoid Soudelier’s car, but he was struck head-on, police said.
Soudelier’s intoxication was likely a factor in the crash, State Police said. He refused an alcohol breath test, and officers based the DWI charge on observations of Soudelier’s behavior, authorities said.
Drivers who refuse a breath test have to prove in court that they weren’t drunk, police said.
There were no other passengers in Soudelier’s car. He was taken to Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center with minor injuries.
There were one adult passenger and three children riding with Bergeron. Everyone in the car suffered moderate injuries. Three were taken to Terrebonne General Medical Center and two to Thibodaux Regional.
Everyone wore their seat belts.