Lafayette man accused of causing vehicle crash on I-10

Posted at 9:18 PM, Aug 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-05 00:25:58-04

A Lafayette man is in jail in St. Martin Parish, accused of attacking family members during a Monday afternoon drive in Henderson.

Eric J. Gaines, 28, was arrested Monday August 2, following the incident on I-10.

Henderson Police say they received a report late Monday afternoon of a traffic accident, involving a single vehicle that crashed into the mile-marker 116 sign post on I-10 westbound.

Police say Gaines allegedly admitted that he was tired of listening to his mother, who was in the driver seat, and grabbed the steering wheel from the backseat. The vehicle, police say, veered it to the right side of the interstate.

Police say that Gaines's stepfather was in the front passenger seat and tried to take control of the steering wheel to prevent the vehicle from causing an accident.

Gaines was arrested following the incident and was booked with attempted first degree murder and domestic abuse battery.

On June 9, Gaines was arrested for resisting an officer of the Lafayette Police Department. He has also been previously arrested for domestic abuse battery for allegedly harming a family member.

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