JEFF DAVIS PARISH, LA (KPLC) - Four children were rescued from a burning van and their mother charged with DWI third following a crash in Jeff Davis Parish early this morning, state police said.
The three youngest children were not in child restraints, said Master Trooper Scott Moreau. The crash happened around 12:35 a.m. on U.S. 165, south of La. 101.
Kate Elizabeth Davis, 29, is charged with DWI third with child endangerment, resisting arrest by fighting, resisting arrest by giving false information, improper lane usage and three counts of no child restraint.
Moreau said Davis lost control of the 2005 Buick van she was driving northbound and exited the right side of the road. It entered a ditch, collided with a culvert and became airborne. It came to rest in a ditch and became fully engulfed in flames.
A good Samaritan removed the children from the car, suffering burns to his leg, Moreau said. One child received moderate injuries and burns while the others received minor injuries. An 8-year-old boy was transported to a Lafayette hospital, while a 1-year-old boy, a 2-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy were transported to a Lake Charles hospital.
The Department of Child and Family Services was contacted and responded.