St. Amant woman arrested, accused of hitting construction site worker with her car _lowres

Emily Hughes was arrested June 29 on a count of aggravated battery, after allegedly striking a construction flagman in the knee. Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office.

A woman was arrested on a count of aggravated battery after she allegedly struck a construction flagman in the knee with her vehicle, after he advised her of a traffic delay due to road work, Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley said.

About 5:40 p.m. on June 29, Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call about an irate driver at Church Point Road and Guitreau Road, where the work was underway.

A construction flagman told the driver, Emily Hughes, 30, of St. Amant, that traffic would be stopped for a while, and she could turn around or wait until the work was complete.

Hughes, who had her four children with her at the time, drove her vehicle through the construction area, striking the worker in the right knee, Wiley said in a news release.

Hughes then gave the worker a false name and address before fleeing the area, the news release said. The worker was treated at a hospital.

Witnesses got the license plate number of Hughes’ vehicle and called 911. Deputies arrested Hughes on June 29 at her home, 45475 Rodney Road, St. Amant, where she admitted to causing a disturbance. Her four children were released to a family member.

Hughes was booked into Ascension Parish Jail on counts of aggravated battery, hit-and-run driving and disturbing the peace, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

She was released from jail the same day after posting a bail of $15,244.50.