High School Drunk Driving Presentation Delayed Because of Real Crash Blocks Away

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SLIDELL, La. (WGNO) – During a mock crash simulating the consequences of drunk driving, a real accident fueled by drugs and alcohol happened blocks away, delaying the “Booze N’ Cruise, You Lose!” presentation for Slidell high school students, Police Chief Randy Smith said.

Miranda Byrnes, 40, was taken into custody Friday morning when she stuck a light pole and flipped her 1993 Chevrolet pickup truck.  Witnesses told police she had passed out behind the wheel.

After receiving medical treatment for minor injuries Byrnes was arrested for driving while intoxicated, possession of Suboxone and Oxycodone, careless operation of a motor vehicle, and not wearing a seat belt.

Firemen taking part in the mock crash scene at Slidell high school had to leave for the real crash at the intersection of Gause Boulevard and Eastridge Drive, taking the “Jaws of Life” with them.

“It is ironic that this type of crash occurred while we were giving a presentation at the same time. We are lucky no one was seriously hurt and hope that the combination of the real crash and the mock crash sent a strong message to the seniors at Slidell High School today,” Chief Randy Smith said.