DWI suspected in serious injury crash

A two-vehicle wreck on West Alabama Avenue by the Thomas Assembly Center sent three people to Northern Louisiana Medical Center Thursday night. (Photo by Malcolm Butler)

Three people, including two children, were sent to the hospital when a suspected impaired driver crashed into an oncoming vehicle on Ruston’s Alabama Avenue Thursday night.

Alexander Paul DunnMiller, 19, of Cloutierville, was arrested by Ruston Police during the investigation of the crash near Louisiana Tech’s Thomas Assembly Center.

Ruston officers, along with Louisiana Tech Police and the Ruston Fire Department, responded to the scene of the two-vehicle crash about 8:10 p.m. Thursday night. First responders suspected DunnMiller, the driver of one of the vehicles, to be intoxicated, according to an officer’s arrest affidavit.

The on-scene investigation indicated DunnMiller was traveling west on West Alabama Avenue, crossed the center line into the eastbound line, and struck another vehicle head-on.

The driver and an 11-year-old child from the eastbound vehicle were taken by Ruston Ambulance Service to the North Louisiana Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries. A 7-year-old child was transported from the scene with critical injuries and eventually moved to Shreveport to the trauma center.

DunnMiller was taken to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center where he submitted to a breath test. The test showed his blood alcohol content to be .157g%, nearly eight times the Louisiana legal limit for drivers under the age of 21.

DunnMiller was booked for first degree vehicular negligent injuring, two counts of vehicular negligent injuring, and careless operation of a vehicle.