California driver arrested for DWI crash on I-10

Monday, August 13, 2012 - 12:00pm

A California man is behind bars for DWI and Reckless Operation after he allegedly crashed his 18-wheeler on I-10 last night, causing lane closures for hours.

The Baton Rouge Police Department responded to the scene of the crash on I-10 at the I-110 Split at the ramp in the North bound lane shortly before 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12. When they arrived they found an 18-wheelter located against the retaining wall with the cab of the truck hanging over the wall of the Interstate.

Officers located the driver of the 18-wheeler, King McClanahan, 52, of Los Angeles, CA. Officials say King refused to cooperate with officers relative to the cause of the accident. An investigation was conducted and based on evidence collected at the scene, officers determined that King lost control of the 18-wheeler and hit the wall several times before coming to a rest.

During the investigation officers noted signs of impairment and conducted a field sobriety test. They say King failed that test and was then issued a breath test, which showed that he had a blood alcohol content of .158.

McClanahan was booked in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison for first offense DWI and Reckless Operation of a Vehicle.

DOTD reports that the ramp was closed for roughly four hours due to the investigation.


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