08/24/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/24/2019 09:53
TROOP L NEWS RELEASE
August 24, 2019
Impairment Suspected in Serious Injury Crash on Interstate 10
The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that the crash occurred as 33-year-old Lee Johnson of New Orleans was driving a 2009 Infinity M35 eastbound on Interstate 10 in the center lane. Due to several preexisting mechanical issues, Johnson's vehicle rapidly decreased speed. Johnson's rapid deceleration led to his vehicle being struck in the rear by a 1999 Peterbilt tractor towing a tanker trailer. The impact pushed Johnson's vehicle into the center median. The Peterbilt came to a controlled stop on the left shoulder.
Johnson sustained minor injuries in the crash and was transported to an area hospital. He displayed obvious signs of impairment by a narcotic, specifically heroin. Blood and urine samples were obtained for analysis. Johnson was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for Careless Operation, Improper Equipment, No Driver's License, DWI First Offense, Vehicular Injury in the First Degree, and Fugitive Warrants. The rear seat passenger in Johnson's vehicle sustained life-threatening injuries in the crash. The front seat passenger sustained minor injury in the crash. Both occupants were transported to University Medical Center. The driver of the Peterbilt was uninjured. He showed no signs of impairment and supplied investigating Troopers with a voluntary breath sample, which showed no amount of alcohol present.
Troopers would like to remind motorists of the importance of safe decisions behind the wheel. Please take a moment to speak with your loved ones about the importance of their safe decisions. Remind them to always wear a seatbelt, never drive impaired, and to avoid distractions. The conversation could be the difference in a serious crash.
S/T Dustin Dwight
Louisiana State Police
Public Affairs Section
Office: (985) 893-6250