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Impaired driver injures deputy

Some of our readers may have seen a recent news report about an allegedly impaired driver who injured a sheriff's deputy after crashing into his vehicle in St. John the Baptist Parish. The hit-and-run driver allegedly violated Louisiana's "move over" law.

Around 5:00 a.m. a motorist in a Toyota Corolla was driving on I-10 west when an unknown vehicle struck the Toyota and fled without stopping. The driver of the Toyota suffered minor injuries and was transferred to a local hospital for treatment. Another St. Charles Parish sheriff's deputy parked his unit behind the Corolla and activated the emergency lights.

Shortly afterwards, the St. John the Baptist deputy parked his vehicle on parts of the left shoulder and left lane with the emergency lights flashing. This deputy went back to his unit for a medical kit and stood outside the left door and leaned into his car. The suspect in this case, who was driving a Kia Optima, struck the rear of the Toyota. He then drove forward and crashed into the rear of the Sheriff's cruiser, which was propelled across three lanes of the highway before coming to a stop on the right shoulder.

The St. John the Baptist Parish deputy suffered moderate injuries in this crash. He was airlifted to University Center Level 1 Trauma Center for medical attention. The driver of the Toyota was not injured and that vehicle had minor damage.

The suspect driver was also uninjured. He was booked into jail after being charged with driving under the influence, 1st degree vehicular negligent injuring and careless operating.

Under Louisiana's move over law, motorists must yield the right of way by changing lanes if they see emergency vehicles or their hazard lights flashing. If traffic makes changing lanes impossible, the driver must slow down and pass the emergency vehicle at a reasonable speed.

Source:, "Louisiana deputy in hit and run accident with impaired driver," Sharon Cummings, July 3, 2017

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