Fri, Apr 12, 2013
Byron Simon, 22, of Ville Platte, the man accused of attacking a St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s deputy on I-49 earlier this week has finally been booked into the Opelousas Parish Prison and charged with attempted disarming of a peace officer, simple battery, obscenity, simple burglary of an emergency vehicle, driving while intoxicated, driving with a suspended license, no insurance, careless operation of a vehicle, no seat belt, expired inspection sticker, battery on a police officer and four counts of resisting a police officer.
Earlier this week, Simon was involved in a minor accident about 4:20 p.m. Wednesday near the Tiger Trax Truck Stop on Interstate 49, near the Evangeline Parish line.
Trooper Stephen Hammons with State Police Troop I said Simon was driving a 2011 Toyota Yaris north on Interstate 49 south when he struck the rear of a 2008 Toyota Matrix traveling in front of him.
“After the impact, both Simon and the other driver pulled onto the shoulder,” Hammons said. “Simon approached the other driver and struck him in the face.”
Capt. Megan Vizena with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office said a local deputy was dispatched to the scene after the other driver left the scene and reported he had been attacked by Simon, who was acting erratically and not wearing any clothing.
Hammons said when the deputy arrived at the scene, Simon began running toward him.
“Simon entered the deputy’s vehicle and a struggle began,” Hammons said.
“When the trooper arrived a short time later, he observed Simon struggling with the deputy and discharged his weapon. As the attempt to take Simon into custody continued, the trooper fired his Taser, hitting Simon,” Hammons said. “No one was injured by the gunfire.”
Hammons identified the trooper as Travis Gallow, son of Opelousas Police Chief Perry Gallow.
Simon was taken into custody and transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment, Hammons said.
For the last few days Simon was being detained but hadn’t been formally booked because of his state of mind according to reports.