Impaired driver in stolen vehicle causes major crash on I-12

Impaired driver in stolen vehicle causes major crash on I-12
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 1:18pm

An impaired driver was arrested for causing a major crash in Walker last night. We’re told the suspect was also found to be driving a stolen car.

The Walker Police Department reports that the crash happened on I-12 about a mile west of the city at roughly 7:45 p.m. When officers arrived on scene they found one overturned vehicle and another smashed in the tree line.

The driver and two passengers were found in a GMC Envoy SUV. Another passenger was located near the vehicle. We’re told the rear-seat passenger had been ejected and landed in the median of the Interstate. We’re told he was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Fortunately he was not serious injured and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The driver of the Envoy told police that she was driving in the left lane through a construction zone when her car was hit from behind by a Toyota Carolla. That vehicle was being driven by John Sullivan, 31, of Denham Springs.

After striking the Envoy, the Carolla left the road and crashed into some nearby trees on the south side of the Interstate.

Witnesses reported seeing the Carolla driving at a high rate of speed and swerving in and out of traffic prior to the crash.

Police questioned Sullivan and noticed that he seemed to be impaired. Sullivan allegedly admitted to police that he had six glasses of wine and had taken 5 Ativan tablets prior to the crash. Ativan is a Schedule IV narcotic and is available by prescription only.

“This accident is another example of what can happen when alcohol and driving are combined. It also serves as a reminder of the importance of using a seat belt,” Captain John Sharp, Walker Police Department, said. “This accident could have resulted in tragic consequences. With the significant damage to both vehicles, and the ejection of one of the victims, it is amazing that the injuries were not far worse.”

Sullivan was arrested for DWI, but he was first taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries sustained in the crash. It was at this time that officers learned the vehicle he was driving had been reported stolen.

Sullivan was also arrested for Possession of Stolen Things and Reckless Operation. He is currently being held in the Livingston Parish Detention Center on a bond of $50,000.

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