Louisiana: State Police charge Dustin Richard McGowen for 3rd DWI in smashup with school bus; injured two kids and bus driver

Louisiana State TrooperEunice Man Crashes into School Bus and is Arrested for Third DWI

On May 13, 2014, at 3:42 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a crash involving a pickup truck and a school bus on Louisiana Highway 383 about 2 ½ miles west of Kinder in Allen Parish that injured two children on the bus and the bus driver.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2014 Toyota pickup truck driven by 27-year-old Dustin Richard McGowen of Eunice was traveling west on LA 383. An Allen Parish school bus was lawfully stopped in the lane of travel with red warning lights illuminated and stop signs deployed to drop off children. McGowen failed to stop before colliding into the rear of the bus resulting in 2 children and the bus driver being transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

Dustin Richard McGowen 3rd DWI crashed into school bus, injured 2 kids and driver. Louisiana State Police

Dustin Richard McGowen 3rd DWI crashed into school bus, injured 2 kids and driver. Louisiana State Police

Troopers at the scene suspected narcotic impairment and brought in a State Police Drug Recognition Expert who determined that McGowen was impaired. McGowen would not agree to submit 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.

McGowen was charged with DWI third offense, negligent injury (3 counts), 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.

It is estimated that over six million people abuse psychotherapeutic drugs each year in the United States. Driving under the influence of narcotics can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol. Motorists should never get behind the wheel while impaired by any substance.