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Police release identity of DWI driver who caused crash that created ‘melted mess’

Police release identity of DWI driver who caused crash that created ‘melted mess’
Photo provided by the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 2:45pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 5:10pm

Everything is better with melted cheese. There is, however, one exception.

“The overturned 18-wheeler was hauling cheese products, which spilled out on the Interstate and eventually melted to the concrete,” Trooper Melissa Matey, Louisiana State Police, said. “After it flipped, the 18-wheeler burst into flames.”

That crash was one of two caused by Michael Gomez, 35, from Pearland, Texas. He’s accused of driving the wrong way down I-10 near the Bonnet Carre Spillway.

“The first 18-wheeler swerved to avoid hitting him and flipped over,” Trooper Matey explained. “Then the SUV kept going until it crashed into another 18-wheeler.”

Thankfully, no one was seriously injured. However, the massive amount of debris forced I-10 to remain closed from 3:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

After the crash, Gomez allegedly refused to submit to a chemical test. A warrant was obtained and a blood sample was taken. It is currently being processed by the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab.

Gomez is charged with DWI (1st offense), Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Violation of One-Way Traffic. He is currently booked in the St. Charles Parish Prison. No bond has been issued at this time.

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