Posted: May 19, 2012 5:04 PM by Troy Gaulden
Updated: May 20, 2012 11:05 AM
Source: Louisiana State Police
BATON ROUGE - Troopers used spike strips to stop an 18-wheeler traveling in the wrong direction on I-10 across the Atchafalaya Basin Friday, according to Louisiana State Police.
The driver, 62-year-old Marshal Smith of Gaffney, S.C., was booked into Iberville Parish Prison on counts of DWI, reckless operation, flight from an officer and three counts of hit and run, according to Tpr. Evan Harrell.
State police were notified around 10:30 p.m. of a hit and run, with no injuries, involving an 18-wheeler traveling the wrong way on I-10. Units were dispatched to stop the 18-wheeler and warn other drivers, according to a state police news release.
The 18-wheeler was then involved in a second hit and run, with minor injuries on I-10 eastbound.
Harrell says St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office and Lafayette state troopers were notified by Troop A in Baton Rouge that the 18-wheeler was heading toward Lafayette. Entrance ramps to I-10 eastbound were then closed.
The 18-wheeler was then involved in a third hit and run, with no injuries. After sirens and emergency lights failed to alert Smith, spike strips were deployed to stop the vehicle before any serious injuries or fatalities occurred.
A blood sample was taken from Smith and the test results were submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab, according to the release.