Man convicted of negligent homicide arrested again

by Brandon Richards bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC-TV) – A man who was serving five years of supervised probation for negligent homicide in the death of a 15-year-old Moss Bluff girl is now back behind bars.

Chris Fowler, 27, was arrested Wednesday in Lake Charles.

Police said Fowler was behind the wheel of a car early Wednesday morning that struck a telephone pole and a parking lot sign before smashing through a fence in the 4400 block of Ryan Street.

Police said Fowler fled the scene before returning two hours later to confess.

"We had evidence at the scene that matched the vehicle he was driving at the time that it crashed," said Sgt. Mark Kraus with Lake Charles Police. "We located that vehicle at his house."

Fowler was charged with careless operation of a vehicle, hit and run and possession of a controlled dangerous substance. Officers did believe Fowler was impaired at the time he confessed, but DWI charges were not filed since Fowler was not at the scene when police arrived.

Fowler had been serving a five year probation sentence since 2009, after striking a plea deal with the state in the death of Ariel Thigpen. Fowler admitted to hitting and killing Thigpen with his car on a Moss Bluff country road in April 2006.

The family of Thigpen did not believe Fowler's sentence was tough enough.

KPLC reached out to the family for comment about Fowler's latest arrest. The mother of Ariel Thigpen decided not to talk on camera until drug test results for Fowler came back.

It will be up the state attorney general's office whether to revoke Fowler's probation.

That office told 7 News Friday that it was still waiting for the incident report.

At last check,  Fowler was still booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Facility.

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