Posted: Apr 11, 2013 5:26 PM by Tonya LaCoste
Updated: Apr 11, 2013 5:27 PM
The naked Ville Platte man accused of scuffling with a sheriff's deputy still hasn't been booked into jail. As of 5:06 Thursday afternoon, St. Landry Parish Sheriff's deputies had Byron Simon, 22, in a holding cell until he's in a better of state of mind, Public Information Officer Megan Vizena said.
Around 4:20 p.m. Wednesday, on I-49 south of LA Highway 29, Simon crashed into the back of a car driving in front of him, according to Louisiana State Police. "After the impact, both Simon and the other driver pulled onto the shoulder. Simon approached the other driver and struck him in the face," State Police Troop I Public Information Officer Stephen Hammons said. The driver left the scene and called law enforcement.
A St. Landry Parish deputy arrived to a naked Simon running toward him then the man got into the deputy's vehicle, according to Hammons. The two men struggled, which a trooper witnessed when he arrived on the scene. The trooper fired his weapon, but no one was hit, Hammons said. The trooper then used his Taser to subdue Simon. The State Trooper is identified as Trooper Travis Gallow.
Simon is charged with DWI 1st offense, driving with a suspended license, no insurance, careless operation, no seat belt and expired inspection sticker. Toxicology samples were taken from Simon and will be submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. No one knows why the man was naked. He's being held in a holding cell and being watched closely until he can be booked, Vizena said.