Gonzales woman arrested after early morning Hwy 621 crash

Staff Report

Louisiana State Police arrested a Gonzales woman this morning after she crashed a pickup into a vehicle and knocked down two utility poles on Hwy 621 east of Hwy 44 shortly after 6 a.m., spokesman TFC Russell Graham reported.

Troopers’ investigation revealed Philomene Daigle, age 44, was driving a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado, turning from Roddy Road onto Hwy 621 when she struck a 2005 Nissan Altima, and then continued west on LA 621.

Daigle was passing vehicles and driving erratically when she ran off the road to the right, traveled through a ditch, and struck several mailboxes, according to Graham.

The pickup rolled several times and then struck a large utility pole, which broke near its base and fell on top of the pickup, bringing an additional utility pole and power lines down to the ground with it, he said.

Daigle, confused and agitated, had to be restrained at the scene and was transported to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital by Acadian Ambulance with minor injuries, according to troopers.

Police placed her under arrest and booked her into the Ascension Parish Prison when she was released from the hospital this afternoon, Graham said.

Hwy 621 remained closed to traffic through the morning while crews replaced the utility poles and removed the fallen power lines.  Troopers were able to reopen the highway to traffic at 12:25 p.m.

Daigle is charged with first-offense DWI, hit and run, reckless operation of a vehicle, and failure to obey a stop sign.

Troopers have submitted a sample of her blood to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for chemical analysis.