Police: Man injects heroin while driving, crashes into police vehicle
SLIDELL, LA — A man injured a police officer after he crashed his vehicle into the back of his parked police unit. He was arrested after they found evidence to suggest he injected heroin prior to the crash.
The Slidell Police Department reports that the crash happened on Monday, Oct. 7 at roughly 4:00 p.m. The police vehicle was parked on the shoulder of Fremaux Avenue to monitor traffic.
“What disturbs me the most about this incident is that this occurred during the time when young children were getting off of school buses and walking home,” Chief Randy Smith said. “We were lucky no was seriously injured, or even killed.”
The driver, Ronald Ceplina, 32, was going about 40 miles per hour when he hit the police vehicle.
“The impact pushed the police officer’s vehicle several feet, causing minor injuries to both the officer and Ceplina, who was not wearing a seatbelt,” officials explained. “While asking Caplina why he was distracted, he could not give a clear answer.”
After searching Caplina’s vehicle, police made a shocking discovery.
“Police discovered a fresh syringe, along with suspected heroin,” officials said. “The syringe had what appeared to be dried blood on the needle, and Caplina had fresh injection marks on his arm.”
Caplina was arrested and charged with Possession of a Schedule I Narcotic (heroin), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and various traffic violations were issued by the Louisiana State Police.