An Oklahoma couple traveling home suffered only minor injuries while wearing their seat belts during a hit and run crash on Feb. 22 around 9:17 am on Interstate-49, near milespost #125 south of Cypress, according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS, Natchitoches Parish Fire Districts #1 and #5 responded to NATCOM 911 Center reports of a hit and run crash involving an overturned pickup truck and RV trailer with possible injuries on I-49 south of Cypress.
The occupants of the vehicle and witnesses were able to provide a description of the suspect vehicle that failed to stop at the scene and continued traveling northbound on I-49. Deputies responded to the scene while other deputies set-up on I-49 near Natchitoches. La. DOTD workers that were working near the area also responded to assist the couple.
A short while later, deputies stopped the suspect vehicle on the I-49 Natchitoches Exit Ramp. The suspect, identified as Breyone D. Grimes, 35 of Shreveport, was taken into custody, transported to and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center. Charges include: Hit and Run, Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Schedule I Narcotics, Possession of CDS Schedule IV Narcotics and Probation Violation.
Deputies say Grimes stated he didn’t stop because “he knew he was driving under suspension and would be in trouble.” The suspected narcotics were discovered during an inventory of the vehicle.
Deputies say while interviewing the Oklahoma couple, they stated they were traveling northbound on I-49 near milepost #125 in the right lane, when another northbound vehicle traveling in the left lane drifted and crossed over the center-line into their lane striking their vehicle causing them to leave the road on the right side overturning multiple times down an embankment coming to a rest near a tree line.
Both occupants were treated at the scene by EMS and released without transport.
Deputies remind motorists to always wear your seat belts. Seat belt usage as in this case can reduce the chance of injury or death.