Man suspected of heroin use plows into Slidell police car

Ronald Ceplina, 32
Ronald Ceplina, 32

Slidell, La. - A Slidell Police lieutenant is recovering from minor injuries after a suspected heroin user plowed into the back of a Slidell Police car Monday afternoon.

According to a Slidell Police spokesman, around 4:00p.m., a Slidell Police officer was monitoring traffic and was parked on the shoulder of Fremaux Avenue.

The officer said he looked in his rearview mirror and saw a man driving a 2004 Lincoln LS veer off the roadway and head straight for his 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe police vehicle.

The officer saw the distracted driver look up, and before he could react, crash directly into the rear of his police car; traveling an estimated 40 miles per hour.

The impact pushed the police officer's vehicle several feet causing minor injuries to both the officer and the driver who was identified as 32 year-old Ronald Ceplina

While asking Caplina why he was distracted, he could not give a clear answer. A fresh syringe, along with suspected heroin was discovered inside of the vehicle.

The syringe had what appeared to be dried blood on the needle and Caplina had fresh injection marks on his arm.  It is speculated that Caplina was distracted due to the fact that he was injecting heroin at the time of the crash.

Louisiana State Police investigated the crash and cited Caplina with carless operation, driving under suspension, and no seat belt.  In addition to his traffic charges, Ceplina was also booked by the Slidell Police Department for possession of a schedule I narcotic and possession of drug paraphernalia.