Moss Bluff man sentenced to 18 years after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide in June

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LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana — A 29-year-old Moss Bluff man who pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in June has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Authorities said Derek Paul Cooper caused a head-on collision that killed 31-year-old Jeremy Olivier on Sept. 27, 2014.

State police say Cooper was eastbound I-10 when he collided with Olivier, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Holly Carter says Cooper, who was not injured in the crash, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.24 percent, three times the 0.08 level that Louisiana law requires to charge an adult with drunken driving.

The American Press reports ( Judge Ron Ware ordered Wednesday the first five years of the sentence to be served without parole. After his release, Cooper will serve two years' supervised probation.

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