LSP Trooper Injured as Livingston man Flees Traffic Stop With Meth

West Baton Rouge – A Louisiana State Trooper was injured during a traffic stop on I-10 around 3 AM Thursday after being dragged by the suspect’s vehicle.

According to reports, Troopers stopped a Dodge Ram truck being driven by Darrell Ray Smith, Jr., 39, of Livingston for improper lane usage. During the stop, Troopers located 2.5 kilos of methamphetamine. While trying to take Smith into custody, he was able to break free, get back in his vehicle and flee the scene. One of the Troopers became trapped in the door jamb of Smith’s vehicle and was dragged as Smith took off. The Trooper was able to break free and fell to the road but only sustained minor injuries.

Smith escaped but was located a short time later in Hammond. He was arrested and charged with Attempted Murder of a Police Officer, Battery on a Police Officer, Aggravated Flight, Resisting an Officer with Force/Violence, Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule II Narcotics and Improper Lane Usage.

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible.