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Parade tractor operator on life support after alleged drunk driver runs light


 A parade tractor operator is on life support after a drunk drive hit him after Friday night's parades.

According to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Don Dauzat was driving a John Deere tractor as part of a group of tractors being repositioned for later parades when the accident occurred. Dauzat was crossing LaPalco boulevard at Paxton street when a 2002 Ford Explorer driven by 54-year-old Michael Burrie ran a red light and hit Dauzat's tractor.

Police say Dauzat was ejected onto the road, causing severe head trauma. He is now on life support at University hospital and listed in critical condition.

Burrie was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and has since been arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated, reckless operation and vehicular negligent injury. The charges will be upgraded to vehicular homicide if Dauzat dies.

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