KINDER, LA (KMSS) — A Eunice man is behind bars after authorities reported he crashed into a bus while allegedly intoxicated.
On Tuesday at 3:42 p.m., officers were dispatched to a wreck involving a truck and a school bus on Louisiana Highway 383 near Kinder in Allen Parish. Two children and a bus driver were reported injured.
Investigators determined the truck, driven by Dustin Richard McGowen, 27, of Eunice, was headed west on 383 when he collided with the back of the bus. At the time, the bus was stopped in the lane of travel with red warning lights and stop signs deployed while children exited.
Troopers at the scene believe McGowen was impaired by drugs and brought in an expert who confirmed their suspicions. At this time, the suspect refused a toxicology sample.
A no refusal warrant was then obtained from a state district judge. Once issued, a no refusal warrant allows a law enforcement officer to bring an uncooperative driver to a qualified medical professional in order to obtain a toxicology sample without the driver’s consent.
A toxicology sample was obtained from McGowen and will be submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.
The two children injured were hospitalized with minor injuries.
McGowen was charged with DWI third offense, three counts of negligent injury, illegal possession of Xanax, illegal possession of drug paraphernalia, careless operation and failure to wear a seatbelt. McGowen was booked into the Allen Parish Jail.