LSP: Drunk driver injures trooper in I-10 crash

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Posted: May 10, 2011 6:39 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: May 10, 2011 6:39 PM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE - A state trooper was hurt when a drunk driver crashed into his vehicle on the interstate in West Baton Rouge Parish, according to Louisiana State Police.

Trooper Russell Graham said 48-year-old Joseph Harris of Rosedale was arrested Monday night after crashing into an LSP unit driven by Trooper Joseph Nations, then trying to walk away from the scene.

Graham said Nations' vehicle was stopped on I-10 with two crash trucks behind him when Harris' pickup passed the crash trucks, changed lanes and hit the rear of the LSP unit. He said Nations was hurt by the wreck and had to be transported to a local hospital.

According to state police, when Harris got out of the vehicle and tried to walk away other troopers moved to detain him, and he tried to fight them. After they arrested him, Graham said Harris gave a breath sample that showed he had three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system.

Harris was arrested in suspicion of DWI, vehicular negligent injuring, reckless operation and resisting arrest.

Trooper Nations was released from the hospital this morning.

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