Posted: Jul 30, 2010 7:08 PM by Heather Harel
Source: Baton Rouge Police Department
The driver who caused the seven-vehicle crash on Interstate 10 this afternoon has been arrested for DWI.
52-year-old Leroy Fisher was driving his 2007 Dodge pickup at a high speed on the shoulder of I-10, passing stop-and-go traffic. A Baton Rouge Police Department officer, who was stopped in that traffic in a marked police car, saw Fisher go by. The officer moved to the shoulder and attempted to catch up to Fisher’s truck to stop him but was too far back. The officer lost sight of the truck as it crested the College Drive overpass. Fisher then tried to merge into very slow moving traffic, causing a chain reaction series of collisions. Fisher’s truck caught fire as a result of the impacts. He was not injured.
Fisher showed signs of intoxication and was given a breath test, which showed a blood alcohol content of more than double the legal limit.
Five people were transported to local hospitals for injuries, none of which appeared to be life-threatening. I-10 was completely cleared and reopened about an hour and 10 minutes after the crash.
Fisher was to be booked this evening into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and charged with second offense DWI, speeding, reckless operation, failure to signal lane change, failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle, improper lane usage, vehicular negligent injuring and driving on the shoulder.