UPDATE: A 28-year-old man is accused of multiple charges following a hit-and-run crash involving a bicyclist.
Jacobs Strother was arrested on charges of hit-and-run, OWI 2nd, first-degree vehicular negligent injuring, illegal carry, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
On Tuesday, Lafayette Parish deputies were dispatched to the intersection of W. Congress Street at Le Violon Road in reference to a bicyclist being struck by a vehicle, according to a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office.
Simultaneously, deputies were dispatched to a reckless operation and the driver was found to be highly impaired, stated deputies. There was damage to the side of the vehicle where the bicyclist was struck. A glass pipe with alleged drug residue and a gun were located inside the vehicle. Strother was arrested and transported to the Lafayette Parish Jail.
Deputies say the suspect was moving a lot in the back seat and upon arrival of the jail, the vehicle was checked and 19 grams of marijuana was located wedged in the backseat.
Strother allegedly admitted to taking Xanax pills and hiding the pot in his waistband and then shoving it in the seat of the police unit. Authorities say that the suspect also admitted to striking the victim.
When deputies arrived on the scene of the bicyclist, he was unconscious for an unknown amount of time and had arterial bleeding from the head. The victim was transported to a local hospital and was responsive, according to authorities.
W Congress Street at Le Violon Road is now open following a crash involving a bicyclist.
Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s deputies had the street blocked in both directions at the intersection.
The bicyclist’s injuries are described as serious. Deputies have a suspect in custody.
We will update the story as more information becomes available.