A Prairieville man is accused of attempted murder after repeatedly ramming his SUV into his estranged wife’s car Saturday, causing a three-car accident that injured six people, according to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Gerald Asay, 33, who had his infant child in the back seat of his vehicle, spotted his estranged wife about 2:30 p.m. and started following her as she drove with a male passenger on U.S. 61 near Swamp Road in Prairieville, Maj. Ward Webb, of the Sheriff’s Office, said in a news release.
It was unclear whether Asay had been looking for them.
As his estranged wife and the man with her crossed Swamp Road where it intersects with U.S. 61, Asay rammed into them from behind, but the woman was able to keep driving south, Webb said.
The two tried to flee from Asay for about a mile, and at some point, the woman called deputies from her phone to report that Asay was trying to attack her, Webb said.
By the time deputies arrived, Webb said, Asay had slammed into the back of his estranged wife’s sedan when it stopped for a red light near La. 929. He said the impact sent the sedan into the car in front of it.
All three cars were damaged, two of them severely, Webb said. Five people were taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of minor to moderate injuries, while a sixth was treated on-scene, Webb said.
He said Asay suffered the worst injuries.
Asay, of 18254 Manchac Place Drive South, Prairieville, was booked into Ascension Parish Jail Saturday on two counts of attempted first-degree murder, three counts of negligent injuring, aggravated criminal damage to property and reckless operation of a motor vehicle. Asay awaits a bond amount.