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March 21 11:03 AM

Vehicle smashes into parked cars at animal hospital

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 A man is in custody following an accident involving several vehicles that happened this morning (Friday, March 21) in the 4900 block of North Market Street.


According to Lt. Michael Gray of the Caddo Sheriff’s Office, the driver of a Dodge Caravan was traveling northbound on North Market Street, crossed the center turn lane and two lanes of oncoming traffic, struck a water meter, then went airborne and struck a parked Toyota Highlander at Brookings Animal Hospital. The Highlander was crushed against a Toyota RAV4, which in turn was pushed against a Ford Expedition.


The driver of the Caravan helped an injured male passenger into the veterinarian’s office. The passenger was then taken to University Health Center with non-life-threatening injuries.


No one was in any of the parked vehicles, and no other injuries were reported.


Lt. Gray said there was a report of two white male, also passengers in the Caravan, who allegedly fled into a nearby wooded area. A search is under way for those men. The driver, who has a criminal history, was taken into custody.


The driver told deputies that he fell asleep. Lt. Gray said some sort of impairment is suspected. A toxicology test will be conducted. Charges against the unidentified driver are pending.


“It’s very chaotic,” Lt. Gray said. “This is a strange wreck.”

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