Police: Wrong way driver in fatality wreck was intoxicated on unknown substance

Published 12:36 pm Saturday, July 29, 2017

BEAUMONT — A 46-year-old Batson man is dead after a man that police believe was intoxicated on an unknown substance struck his car.

Beaumont police responded to the 3800 block of Eastex Freeway at 5:41 a.m. for the crash involving a 2017 gray Chevrolet Cruz and a 2004 Chevrolet Impala.

A 38-year-old Beaumont man, identified as Kevin Cooper, was driving the blue Impala north bound in the south bound lanes of the 3800 block of Eastex.  Cooper then struck a gray Chevy Cruz being driven by a 46-year old-Batson man.  The crash resulted in the death of the Batson man, according to a press release from the Beaumont Police Department.

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During the investigation Cooper was found to be a felon in possession of a firearm and was in possession of MDMA.  Cooper was intoxicated on an unknown substance and was transported to the hospital with critical injuries.