An illegal alien has been arrested for DWI second offense and other charges after he drove into the back of a Louisiana State Police vehicle in an active work zone this morning.
After being treated for injuries, 26-year-old Melgar Cardona was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center on a litany of charges.
Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a two-vehicle crash on I-210 Westbound, east of the I-210 Bridge, in an active work zone.
The preliminary investigation revealed a fully marked State Police Chevrolet Tahoe was parked on the shoulder of I-210 with emergency lights activated while the Trooper was working a traffic safety detail.
A 2005 Toyota Tacoma pickup, driven by Cardona, veered from the inside lane of travel to the outside lane then shoulder before driving into rear of the Tahoe.
Although the trooper was not seriously injured, Cardona was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.
Throughout the process, Cardona was uncooperative, provided fictitious names, and possessed fake identification. Through investigative means, Troopers determined his actual identity anyway.
Upon release from the hospital, Cardona was booked into jail and charged with DWI second offense, careless operation of a motor vehicle, no driver’s license, operating a motor vehicle without lawful presence in the United States, possession of fraudulent documents for identification purposes, and resisting an officer by providing a false identity.
In addition, it was determined Cardona is a fugitive from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Federal authorities placed a detainer Cardona and additional charges are possible. Agents with the U.S. Border Patrol assisted with the incident.