On December 14, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Dewey Sumrall, 64, a resident of Highway 436 in Angie, for multiple offenses.
The arrest came after a motorist reported his vehicle being stuck by another vehicle on Mitch Road. After the accident, the at-fault driver drove away from the scene and later crashed his vehicle into a utility pole on Mitch Road. After striking the utility pole, the at-fault driver once again fled the scene, this time on foot. Responding Sheriff’s deputies began searching the area for the driver.
While deputies were searching for the driver, another motorist called the Sheriff’s Office and reported a man hiding in a ditch alongside Highway 21. Deputies responded and found Sumrall hiding in the ditch. He was identified as the driver that struck the other motorist and the utility pole.
Deputies arrested Sumrall and placed him in the Washington Parish Jail charged with a third offense of driving while intoxicated, driving while suspended due to a previous driving while intoxicated offense, hit and run, careless operation of a motor vehicle, felony criminal damage, no motor vehicle insurance, and failure to transfer vehicle ownership. Sumrall remains in jail with his bond set at $10,000.
“This is a stark example of the danger of driving after consuming alcohol,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Fortunately, in this incident, no one was killed or injured, but this is not always the case. The formula is simple: If you drink, don’t drive. If you choose to drink and drive, don’t complain if you are arrested and placed in jail, because that is the safest place for you and everyone else.”
Sheriff Seal continued, “Typically, some of the most dangerous times for serious and fatal vehicle accidents are during the Christmas and New Year holiday season. It is estimated that 42% of all these accidents are due to intoxicated drivers. There will be many more vehicles on the road for the next two or three weeks, so please drive carefully. If you drive at any time please take extra care to wear seat belts, properly secure children in the vehicle, obey traffic laws and do not drive while under the influence of alcohol.”