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Six-vehicle Lake Charles crash results in multiple injuries

Law enforcements officials said it began when Westlake police officers tried to stop a car for speeding. It ended minutes later in a six-vehicle Lake Charles crash that resulted in injuries to three people.

Westlake Police Chief Chris Wilrye told an area TV station that officers initially saw the 24-year-old driver speeding on eastbound Interstate 10. Though his speed at the time was 92 miles per hour, that would increase significantly once pursuit began.

Wilrye said speeds during the chase reached 126 mph.

The suspect was arrested on charges of aggravated flight from an officer with life endangerment, careless operation of a vehicle, reckless operation of a vehicle and speeding.

There was no word in the KPLC report on the severity of the injuries to the three involved in the crashes, though all three were reportedly hospitalized.

Wilrye said a Westlake officer saw the man going 92 mph on I-10 before it crossed the grassy shoulder at Westlake exit, then turned onto the interstate’s eastbound entrance ramp. The vehicle then accelerated to 110 mph on the Calcasieu River Bridge (the speed limit is 50 mph) and reached up to 126 mph as officers gave pursuit.

The police chief said that after the man took the Shattuck Street exit into Lake Charles, he sped through a red light at the intersection of US 171 and Fruge and crashed into several vehicles. The driver was unhurt and was then taken into custody by police officers.

We hope the injured motorists recover quickly and completely.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by a speeding, drunk or distracted driver, contact The Johnson Firm to discuss your legal options for maximum compensation for your damages.

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