Man accused of crashing into firefighter arrested
The man accused of crashing into a Morgan City volunteer firefighter while he was on duty at the scene of a wreck in September was arrested Wednesday night.
Daniel Ramirez, 38, of Morgan City, was arrested at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday on warrants for reckless operation of a motor vehicle; no driver’s license; and violation of barricades, signs and signals. Ramirez was located at his residence on Arlington Street in Bayou Vista.
The late Morgan City Police Chief Travis Crouch said in January Ramirez had a blood alcohol level of 0.15 grams-percent, almost double the legal limit of 0.08 for operating a vehicle, when he struck Travis Bourdier.
However, no driving while intoxicated charge has been levied to date.
“We just received the state police crime lab results this morning,” Crouch said Jan. 24. “A warrant is being typed up right now for Ramirez’s arrest on anticipated charges of driving while intoxicated and vehicular negligent injury. An arrest should be made shortly.”
Bourdier was assisting St. Mary Parish sheriff’s deputies with diverting traffic caused from a crash in the westbound lanes of the U.S. 90 bridge near the La. 70 exit ramp at the time he was injured.
Ramirez was driving a 2007 Nissan Maxima at a high rate of speed, struck a fire truck blocking both lanes of traffic and then pinned Bourdier between the Ramirez vehicle and the highway guardrail, according to a lawsuit filed by Bourdier against three insurance agencies.
Bourdier went over the guardrail and into the opposite lane of traffic headed eastbound on U.S. 90, according to the suit.
Bourdier, a volunteer firefighter for Morgan City, Berwick, Bayou Vista and Patterson, along with being an auxiliary police officer for Patterson, suffered two broken legs and has had three surgeries in the months since the accident.
Ramirez is being held on a $5,000 bond.