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I-45 shut down following wreck

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The Ellis County Press
PALMER - A South Dakota man was arrested after being in a one-vehicle wreck Friday afternoon about 1:38 p.m. on northbound Interstate 45 at the Hampel Road overpass.

The highway was blanketed with thousands of window decals.

Audrey Woodson Lasi-ter III was charged with driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance while being held on two $1,000 bonds at the Wayne McCollum Detention Center.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Booker Hamilton said Lasiter was arrested before being released from the Ennis Regional Hospital where he was treated for minor cuts and bruises.

Palmer Sgt. John Zaidle was dispatched out to the interstate after calls came in regarding a reckless driver heading toward Palmer on I-45.

Since Lasiter was watching the police car instead of the road, he lost control of his 2002 Ford F-350 hitting the guardrail.

'The guardrail peeled the driver side of the car back,' Zaidle said.

Lasiter said he had not been drinking, but did admit to using illegal narcotics.

'He had been smoking crack-cocaine,' Zaidle said.

'He later told us he had been shooting heroin.'
The interstate was re-opened about an hour and a half after a street sweeper cleaned up the decals.

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