GONZALES — A Florida man crashed into the unoccupied cruiser of a state trooper investigating a wreck early Wednesday, sending the trooper’s car into a Department of Transportation and Development vehicle there to clear the road, State Police said.
No one was injured in the crash.
About 2 a.m. Wednesday, Rickey Denney Jr., 36, of Brooksville, Florida, drove his 2004 Ford F-350 through the crash scene, striking the unoccupied, fully marked State Police Crown Victoria. The police car had been parked on La. 30 with its lights flashing to block the road at the site of an earlier crash at Ashland Road in Gonzales.
The impact spun the trooper’s unit, causing it to strike the unoccupied DOTD vehicle, State Police said in a news release.
Denney submitted to a breath alcohol test that registered nearly three times the legal limit for driving, State Police said. A blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent is considered presumptive evidence of drunken driving, according to state law.
He was booked into Ascension Parish Prison on counts of DWI, reckless operation, driving under suspension and failure to obey an officer’s signal, State Police said.