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Truck driver arrested for DWI following fiery crash on I-10

Posted at 10:43 PM, Sep 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-22 23:43:38-04

State police arrested a man for DWI following a fiery crash that closed I-10 West in Ascension Parish for several hours this morning.

According to a spokesperson for Troop A, 55-year-old Freddie Jackson, Jr., of Harvey, was driving westbound on the interstate in a Freightliner truck when his truck hit the concrete construction barriers and the guardrail, which ruptured his fuel tank.

Troopers say Jackson continued driving until his truck caught on fire.

fiery crash in Ascension Parish
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The driver allegedly showed multiple signs of impairment during his interaction with troopers.

Jackson sustained minor injuries from the crash and was taken to the hospital.

As they continued their investigation, troopers then determined he was impaired, according to a state police spokesperson.

Jackson was arrested and booked into the Ascension Parish Jail for DWI 1st offense and careless operation.

A toxicology sample was also taken from the driver and submitted for analysis.