SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - A school crossing guard was injured Monday after intentionally being struck by a vehicle. Police say the incident occurred around 8:15 a.m. near Abney Elementary School, located in the 800 block of Kostmayer Avenue in Slidell. Witnesses say that a man, later identified as 33-year-old Francis Gras, disobeyed the guard's instructions and began to argue with her. During the argument, the guard told Gras that she was going to call police.
Witnesses told authorities that Gras put his car in reverse, squealed the tires and drove forward quickly, intentionally hitting the guard with his vehicle. The guard was knocked to the ground as Gras drove away. Police say that officers made contact with Gras around ten minutes later and as they tried to take him into custody he resisted arrest but was detained without injury.
He was charged with: hit and run, aggravated battery, reckless operation, possession of marijuana (4th offense), possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of schedule I narcotics in a drug free zone (school). Gras is being held at the Slidell City Jail, but will later be taken to the St. Tammany Parish Jail where a bond will be set.
The guard was taken to a nearby hospital to receive treatment for minor injures.