ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - A Louisiana State Police sergeant is under arrest after he was involved in an off duty hit and run crash while being under the influence, according to authorities.
Louisiana State Police said Sgt. Damien L. Dyson Sr., 34, of Baton Rouge, was traveling westbound on I-10 west of LA 22 when he hit a vehicle driven by Kevin Gomez-Castellanos, 21, of Gonzales, from behind at a high rate of speed. Investigators reported the impact of the crash sent Gomez-Castellanos' vehicle off the road and into the median, where it hit several trees and flipped. Gomez-Castellanos was not injured in the crash.
According to reports, after the collision, Dyson, a six-year veteran with LSP, continued along I-10 and exited at LA 44 before pulling over on the side of the road. Reports went on to state deputies with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office responded to the scene of the crash, while an officer with the Gonzales Police Department identified Dyson as a state trooper.
Police said they suspected Dyson of being impaired and after he reportedly performed poorly on a field sobriety test, he was placed under arrest for DWI. Dyson was then taken to the Gonzales Police Department and a chemical test reportedly revealed a .175 percent blood alcohol content, which is more than twice the legal limit.
Dyson was placed on administrative leave and arrested on charges of DWI, hit-and-run driving, careless operation and possession of alcoholic beverages in motor vehicles.