Police release identity of DWI driver who caused crash that created ‘melted mess’

Photo provided by the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 7:30pm

Everything is better with melted cheese. There is, however, one exception.

“The overturned 18-wheeler was hauling cheese products, which spilled out on the Interstate and eventually melted to the concrete,” Trooper Melissa Matey, Louisiana State Police, said. “After it flipped, the 18-wheeler burst into flames.”

That crash was one of two caused by Michael Gomez, 35, from Pearland, Texas. He’s accused of driving the wrong way down I-10 near the Bonnet Carre Spillway.

“The first 18-wheeler swerved to avoid hitting him and flipped over,” Trooper Matey explained. “Then the SUV kept going until it crashed into another 18-wheeler.”

Thankfully, no one was seriously injured. However, the massive amount of debris forced I-10 to remain closed from 3:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

After the crash, Gomez allegedly refused to submit to a chemical test. A warrant was obtained and a blood sample was taken. It is currently being processed by the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab.

Gomez is charged with DWI (1st offense), Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Violation of One-Way Traffic. He is currently booked in the St. Charles Parish Prison. No bond has been issued at this time.  

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