Police sort out the details of a two vehicle accident stemming from an unsafe lane change on US-146.
Two Vehicle Accident on 146, One Vehicle Slams Into House, LIVINGSTON, July 7, 2011 - According to the Livingston Police Department, just minutes after 9 am on July 7th 2011, a tan Honda sedan driven by Eddie Allen Chatman, 26, of Livingston, was south-bound on US-146. Chatman made an unsafe lane change and clipped the back of a green Chevy Truck driven by Robert Ray Slaughter, 20, of Onalaska. Slaughter lost control of his vehicle and entered the north-bound lanes of 146 and finally came to rest on the shoulder of the north-bound side. Chatman left the road to the right, drove through a yard and slammed into an unoccupied house owned by Francis Baggett of Livingston. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with Officer Kevin Blackburn of the Livingston Police Department, Officer Chad Lilley, and Trooper Joe Cole with the Texas Highway Patrol.
Slaughter Flees the Scene... Robert Slaughter got out of his truck and fled the scene south on 146. A short time later, a witness stated to police that they saw slaughter and identified him as the probable driver of the Chevy Truck. Officer Chad Lilley acted on the tip and found Slaughter a short distance south of the accident. As it turns out, Slaughter was the driver of the truck. Officer Blackburn found a glass pipe inside Slaughter's vehicle with marijuana residue on the pipe and it appeared to be freshly used.
Slaughter opted to go to Livingston Memorial Hospital via Americare Ambulance Service. Slaughter will be charged with fleeing the scene of an accident and Chatman was cited for unsafe lane change. Both vehicles were recovered by Ken's Towing and will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston. The scene was cleared shortly before 11 am.
Eddie Chatman of Livingston was driving this Honda when he allegedly made an unsafe lane change and clipped the back of a Chevy pickup before losing control and slamming into the corner of an old house.
Chatman clipped the back of this Chevy truck that was driven by 20 year old Robert Ray Slaughter of Onalaska.
Eddie Chatman (left) refused medical treatment.
Robert Slaughter fled the scene of the wreck and was picked up by police a short time later.
Officer Kevin Blackburn holds a pipe that's been used for smoking marijuana (pulled from Slaughter's vehicle).
Trooper Joe cole speaks with Robert Slaughter.
Slaughter opted to go to the hospital following the accident.
Both vehicles were recovered by Ken's Towing.
Houdini guards the truck. Ken rarely leaves the house without Houdini by his side.
This labrador took advantage of the freshly uncovered dirt caused by Chatman's car plowing through the yard.
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