HAMMOND - A Louisiana State Trooper is at home tonight recovering after a truck plowed into the back of his vehicle.
It was all caught on camera. The trooper was parked on the side of Interstate 12 in Livingston Parish when the driver veered off the right lane and crashed into the back of the unit.
Troopers believe the driver of the truck, Bradley Burch, was impaired on heroin at the time of the crash, according to State Police.
Now State Police want to use the video as a reminder that the side of a major highway is undoubtedly a dangerous place.
State law requires drivers to move over or slow down when approaching a car on the side of the highway. State Police said the video released today of the dramatic scene is just another reminder to motorist why that law is so important.
A man from Tennessee captured the driver on video as his sister was on the phone with State Police Dispatchers.
The Head of State Police has seen the video that was shot on Saturday. It was shared on social media Tuesday and received thousands of views. Colonel Mike Edmonson said it has a major message too.
"When you first look at it you go, 'Oh my God, how is the trooper?' That's certainly my thoughts, and thank God he is okay," Edmonson said. "It also shows, when you see something, call us. When you see something out of the ordinary, call us. If you see something that doesn't seem right, call us."
It was the quick thinking of drivers passing by Burch that got the Trooper to the interstate in the first place.
The officer parked in the emergency lane and was waiting for Burch to pass by so he could pull the accused impaired driver over.
"Not quite the way we wanted to stop that car, but we got the car stopped, because of what they could have caused," Edmonson said. "You can play 'what-ifs' all the time. Because, what if they had crossed that median into a head-on with someone else?"
Edmonson said it's just another reminder for all drivers of the state's move over law.
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