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Road-side fight caught on camera; guns visible

Posted at 10:31 AM, Oct 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-12 12:53:02-04

There's a Facebook post that's making the rounds, showing what appears to be a road-side fight in Duson.

It appears there were two incidents: A crash and a fight.

State Police are working the crash. Troopers say that one person driving a 2018 Ram pick-up allegedly rear-ended another person, driving a Ford 250 pick-up, on I-10. Because traffic was heavy, the driver of the Ram drove to the next next, which was not very far, and stopped in a safe location.

Louisiana law requires drivers to remove crashes from travel lanes; troopers said if you are in a crash you should move your vehicle to a safe location.

When the two trucks arrived at the exit, the driver of the Ford got out of his vehicle and allegedly pulled a gun on the Dodge driver and punched him in the face, Duson Police say.

State Police do not consider the incident a hit-and-run and ticketed the Dodge driver with careless operation. On the other hand, the Ford driver is facing charges from Duson Police for aggravated assault and second-degree battery, Duson Police Chief Kip Judice says.

If you are involved in a crash - even if you believe it is a hit and run - you should call police, Judice said. The solution is not to chase down the alleged hit-and-run driver and punch them or pull a gun on them, he said.

"You can't take the law into your own hands," he said.

Judice said warrants are out, but all parties are cooperating in the investigation. He couldn't provide more details because he was in the field and much of the department's infrastructure is down because of the storm.

The video, posted on Saturday with the caption "Duson road rage"

It shows three men on the side of the road, having an argument. One has what appears to be a gun on his hip, and another has what appears to be a gun in his hand. Those two men are arguing with a third. At one point, a woman attempts to intervene.

Blows were thrown between two of the men. Judice said the man accused of hit-and-run lost several teeth in the fight.

Here's the post: