Officer hurt in heroin-related wreck
SLIDELL - A Slidell police officer was hurt after a suspected heroin user crashed into the officer's police vehicle.
The police lieutenant is recovering from minor injuries in the incident that took place Monday afternoon.
Police say 32-year-old Ronald Ceplina crashed into the police vehicle while it was parked on the shoulder monitoring traffic.
The officer saw Ceplina's car in the rearview mirror coming towards him and saw Ceplina look up just before crashing into the police vehicle at about 40 miles per hour.
Police say Ceplina couldn't explain why he was distracted, but they did find a fresh syringe, along with what's suspected to be heroin inside the vehicle.
They also say there appeared to be dried blood on the syringe and injection marks on Ceplina's arm.
The Louisiana State Police investigated the crash, and cited Ceplina with carless operation, driving under suspension, and no seat belt.
Ceplina was also booked by the Slidell Police Department for possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia.
IMAGE: Slidell Police