Footage captures driver crashing into Louisiana State Police unit

 

Louisiana State Police released video of a suspected impaired driver as he crashed into a unit Saturday.  On Saturday, shortly after noon, Louisiana State Troopers began receiving several emergency calls in reference to a vehicle being driven erratically on Interstate 12 westbound west of Hammond.  The callers would ultimately witness the vehicle crash into the rear of a Louisiana State Trooper as the Trooper was attempting to position himself to stop the target vehicle.  State Police say Florida resident Kyle Nadler was traveling westbound on Interstate 12 when he witnessed a Dodge truck being driven erratically.  Nadler and his wife calmly called 911, provided authorities with a vehicle description, and continually updated the exact location of the truck as it continued westbound on I-12.  Nadler and other motorists positioned themselves in a manner that prevented additional westbound traffic from approaching the unpredictable driver.  As Nadler was relaying the position of the truck, 911 operators and Troop personnel were updating responding Troopers.  The closest Trooper was able to position his unit on the right shoulder of I-12 west of the Pumpkin Center exit.  As the truck approached the Trooper, it veered off the right lane and crashed into the rear of the Trooper’s unit.  Troopers say they suspect the driver of the truck, Bradley Burch, was impaired on heroin at the time of the crash.  Burch and the Trooper both sustained minor injuries in the crash.  Burch was arrested and booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail for DWI, Reckless Operation, and Driving with a Suspended License.  Troopers would like to remind motorists to remain vigilant while traveling.  These callers exemplified the proper approach to notifying law enforcement of a dangerous impaired driver.  Louisiana motorists wishing to inform Troopers of dangerous roadway conditions are reminded to call *LSP [*577] to be connected with their nearest Troop.

1/30/17

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