Police say drunk SC trucker drove wrong way on La. interstate

Sunday, May 20, 2012 7:18 PM
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BREAUX BRIDGE, La. — State police say a 62-year-old South Carolina truck driver drove the wrong way on Interstate 10 while he was drunk.

State police say Marshal Smith, 62, of Gaffney, S.C., drove his 18-wheeler west in the eastbound lanes Friday night.

The Advocate reports troopers were notified around 10:30 p.m. of a hit-and-run crash on I-10 involving Smith’s 18-wheeler. Trooper Evan Harrell says Smith’s truck traveled into the Lafayette area and got involved in two more hit-and-run crashes.

Harrell says no serious injuries occurred while Smith drove the wrong way on the interstate.

Harrell says authorities eventually stopped Smith by deploying spike strips north of Breaux Bridge.

He was booked for allegedly driving while intoxicated, reckless operation of a vehicle, felony aggravated flight from an officer and three counts of hit-and-run.

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nothin2show4it
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nothin2show4it 05/20/12 - 07:39 pm
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Unpublished

Allegedly??? Is that political correctness???

Tots
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Tots 05/20/12 - 07:49 pm
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Bad week,

Been a bad week for bus and truck drivers..
Hope it's not true about bad news coming in threes.

r
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r 05/20/12 - 08:55 pm
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Grateful Everyone

Grateful no one was killed, God was looking out for those in his path.

smokeysbandit
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smokeysbandit 05/20/12 - 09:51 pm
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Sounds as though he was just

Sounds as though he was just west of the bridge itself. Probably been much worse with likely fatality had he been on the actual bridge. Always hate to hear of something like this as it just worsens the stereotype of the hardworking truckers who do try to do their jobs right such as RK.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 05/21/12 - 12:18 am
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Can't stereotype beyond

Can't stereotype beyond saying it is typical of drunks. Whether driving a car or semi, going the wrong way on an interstate is unforgivable. Throw the book at him.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 05/21/12 - 09:15 am
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Crazy

Anyone who puts enough alcohol into thier body that makes them get onto an Interstate highway going the wrong way (in an eighteen wheeler just makes it that much worse) should never be allowed to drive legally again. If they are caught driving again they should lose thier freedom for 10 years.

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