Police: Man shooting up heroin while driving crashes into police cruiser

Published: Oct. 8, 2013 at 4:53 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 8, 2013 at 5:19 PM CDT
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(Source: Slidell Police Department)
(Source: Slidell Police Department)
Ronald Caplina (Source: Slidell Police Department)
Ronald Caplina (Source: Slidell Police Department)

SLIDELL, LA (WAFB) - A Slidell, LA police lieutenant suffered minor injuries after a man suspected of shooting up heroin while driving crashed into the back of the lieutenant's police vehicle.

The crash happened around 4 p.m. Monday. The officer was monitoring traffic and was parked on the shoulder of Fremaux Avenue when he noticed a 2004 Lincoln LS veer off the roadway and head straight for his police vehicle. The officer saw the man driving look up but was unable to react before he crashed into the Chevy Tahoe.

The driver of the Lincoln was 32-year-old Ronald Caplina. He was driving about 40 miles per hour when he crashed into the officer.

The impact pushed the police officer's vehicle several feet, causing minor injuries to both the officer and Caplina, who was not wearing his seatbelt.

Slidell Police tried asking Caplina why he was distracted, but he could not give them a clear answer. Police discovered a fresh syringe, along with suspected heroin, inside the vehicle. Police say the syringe had dried blood on the needle and Caplina had fresh injection marks on his arm.

Police believe Caplina was distracted because he was injecting heroin at the time of the crash.

Caplina was cited with careless operation, driving under suspension and no seat belt. He was also booked for possession of a schedule I narcotic (heroin) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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