MANSFIELD, La. – A retired DeSoto Parish attorney apparently used bleach to clean up his pickup truck after leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident that injured a pedestrian, according to state police.
Herman L. Lawson, 70, was arrested on Jan. 17 and booked into the DeSoto Parish Detention Center on charges of driving while intoxicated, hit-and-run, obstruction of justice and vehicle negligent injuring. He was freed after posting bonds totaling $23,000.
The man Lawson hit was transported to Ochsner LSU Health hospital in Shreveport for treatment of minor to moderate injuries and released.
The incident happened around 6:45 p.m. on Kyle Porter Road, which is just outside the city limits of Mansfield. Troopers were called to the scene and learned the pickup truck driver had left. However, a witness was able to provide a detailed description of the light-colored truck that had a silver toolbox in the bed, according to Troop G spokesman Trooper Brent Hardy.
Also, a broken side mirror housing belonging to a Ford F-150 was found at the crash site.
While troopers and deputies were directing traffic, Lawson drove up in a white Chevrolet Tahoe. He showed signs of intoxication and was arrested. He also smelled of bleach, Hardy said.
Troopers determined Lawson apparently drove his Ford F-150 home after hitting the man, attempted to cover the crash evidence and drove back to the scene in the Tahoe.
Lawson submitted to blood chemical testing after he was arrested. The results are pending, Hardy said.