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Jun 22, 2014 11:58 PM by Cecilia Stevenson

Westlake Man Charged with Fifth DWI after Crash while Texting

Louisiana State Police responded to a two vehicle crash early yesterday evening around 6:26 p.m. The crash involving an impaired, texting driver traveling with an 8-year-old child in the vehicle.

Officer report 37-year-old Brent Hetzler of Westlake was driving a 1995 Chevrolet Silverado on Nevils Bluff Road, west of Louisiana Highway 383 near Kinder in Allen Parish, when he crossed the center line of the road.

The driver of the other vehicle reacted by driving to the shoulder of the road, sounding the horn, and stopping in an effort to avoid a crash. Hetzler, who was texting while driving, drove his Silverado into the front of the other vehicle causing minor damage to both vehicles.

Hetzler tested over the legal limit for alcohol, and the vehicle he was driving was equipped with an ignition interlock device which requires the driver to blow into the device to permit operation of the vehicle. Hetzler had disabled the device.

Hetzler was arrested and charged with DWI fifth offense (this arrest includes child endangerment), tampering with an interlock device, driving left of center, texting while driving, and no seat belt (Hetzler and 8-year-old passenger). Hetzler was booked into the Allen Parish Jail.

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