Driver admits he was drinking before crashing into pedestrian in Third Ward, police say

A pedestrian was injured Saturday evening after being hit by a vehicle, police say.

The incident happened around 6:41 p.m. in the 3126 block of Southmore Boulevard near Sampson Street.

According to police, the 63-year-old man was injured after the driver hit a pole and then hit the man, before taking off.

The driver admitted to drinking and showed signs of impairment, according to police.

Meanwhile, the victim has been transported to a nearby hospital and is in surgery.

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