State police arrested one of their own this morning after the Sergeant was involved in an off-duty hit and run on I-10.
According to Louisiana State Police, troopers arrested Sergeant Damien L. Dyson Sr., age 34 from Baton Rouge, for Driving While Intoxicated and several other charges after he caused a crash in Ascension Parish.
The crash occurred shortly before 2:15 a.m. as Dyson drove his own car westbound on I-10 near LA Hwy 22. At the same time, 21-year-old Kevin Gomez-Castellanos of Gonzales was driving on I-10 in the same direction to the left of Dyson.
Police say Dyson's vehicle struck the rear of Gomez-Castellanos' car at a high rate of speed forcing him off the road and into several trees before the car landed upside down. Gomez-Castellanos was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and was not injured.
After causing the crash, police say Dyson continued driving down I-10 before exiting at LA hwy 44 and pulling over onto the shoulder of the road. His car sustained heavy damage.
Ascension Parish Sheriff's deputies responded to the crash. Once Dyson was identified as a state trooper, state police officials were notified and assumed responsibility for the investigation.
Dyson submitted to field sobriety tests and performed poorly. He was transported to the Gonzales Police Department where he submitted to a chemical test that resulted in a 0.175 BAC, over twice the legal limit.
Dyson was arrested for Driving while intoxicated, Hit-and-run driving, Careless operation and Possession of alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle.
Dyson was immediately placed on administrative leave. He is a six-year veteran with state police, and prior to his arrest he had been assigned to the Protective Services section.
"As law enforcement professionals, we have not only legal responsibilities but also high standards of integrity that must be upheld at all times while serving the citizens of Louisiana," stated Louisiana State Police Superintendent Colonel Mike Edmonson. "Following a thorough criminal and administrative investigation, the Department will review all findings in this matter and take swift steps to ensure an impartial and appropriate course of action."