Police Say Man Released Earlier Killed While Driving Drunk
A Duson man is accused of killing a Ville Platte woman while driving drunk, six hours after he was released on earlier charges of driving while intoxicated.
Louisiana State Police say 47-year-old Michael Fontenot was driving east on Louisiana 3042 in a 1999 Ford van when he hit 52-year-old Arleen Soileau, who was driving a 2008 Mazda MX6. Police say Fontenot crossed the center line and hit Soileau nearly head on.
Neither driver was wearing a seat belt. Soileau died at the scene, while Fontenot was taken by helicopter to an Alexandria hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.
Police say they believe Fontenot was impaired by alcohol. He's been charged with vehicular homicide. He was arrested Thursday for driving while intoxicated, and was released on bond around noon Friday.