CRIME

Prairieville driver suspected of intoxication in deadly police pursuit crash

Staff reports

Authorities arrested a Prairieville man after a police pursuit ended with a crash, which resulted in two deaths.

The fatal crash happened on Hwy. 182 at U.S. 167 in St. Landry Parish at around 5 p.m. Saturday, according to Louisiana State Police Troop I spokesperson Tpr. David Anderson.

Troopers reported 23-year-old Blake Reine of Prairieville was driving a 1990 Chevrolet truck north on Hwy. 182 while fleeing from the Opelousas Police Department for a hit-and-run crash in which he had just been involved.

Reine failed to stop for a red traffic signal and struck a northbound vehicle broadside on U.S. 167, Anderson said.

The driver of that vehicle, 48-year-old Lee Campbell of Ville Platte, died from injuries sustained in the crash, he said.

The passenger in Reine’s vehicle, 36-year-old Jody Reine of St. Amant, also died in the crash, according to Anderson.

Blake Reine had to be transported to a local hospital with moderate injuries, Anderson said. He will be charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, reckless operation of a vehicle, flight from an officer, running a red light, operating a vehicle with license suspended and no seat belt.