Morgan City Police said on July 2, 2020, around 12:05 am Officers with the Morgan City Police Department responded to the area of LA 70 near Veterans Blvd due to a serious hit and run vehicle accident. As officers arrived they learned that the accident involved one truck and 3 motorcycles and that the truck had fled the scene.
Officers were able to determine the driver of the truck had crossed the center line and struck one of the motorcycles. As a result of the truck striking one of the motorcycles, two other motorcycles crashed while attempting to avoid the truck . One male driver of a motorcycle who had serious injuries was airlifted to Trauma Center due to his injuries. Another driver was treated at Oschner St. Mary for injuries that included broken bones. The third driver was treated at the scene.
Justin Cheramie was determined to be the driver of the truck which fled, he was located a short time later after he called the Morgan City Police Department to report that he had been involved in an accident. Cheramie was located and placed under arrest at which time he was taken to Morgan City Police Department where he was given a Field Sobriety test which he did poorly on. Cheramie then submitted to a chemical test for intoxication with the results of .346 g%. Cheramie was booked into the Morgan City Police Department.
Justine Chermie 39, years of age, Hwy 70 Morgan City, LA was arrested on 07/02/2020 at 12:45 am
Charges: Operating a Motor Vehicle while Intoxicated
Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle
Possession of an open alcoholic beverage in a Motor Vehicle
Felony Hit and Run
Possession of Sch IV CDS
First Degree Vehicular Negligent Injuring (2cts)
Vehicular Negligent Injuring