St. Amant woman arrested after striking a construction worker during a hit and run

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Emily Hughes

On June 29 at approximately 5:41 p.m. deputies were dispatched to Church Point Road and Guitreau Road in reference to a disturbance regarding an irate female driver who hit a construction flagman with her vehicle and left the area, said Sheriff Jeff Wiley.

A construction worker advised the irate female, identified as Emily Hughes, that traffic flow was going to be stopped for a while and if she wanted to, she could turn around or wait until the construction was complete. Hughes, upset, proceeded to drive her vehicle through the construction area and hit the construction worker with her vehicle, striking him in the right knee. Hughes then gave the construction workers a false name to call the police and an address to locate her and then fled the area.

The construction worker was treated at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Witnesses were able to gather the license plate of the vehicle and then called 911.

Deputies were able to locate Hughes at her residence where she admitted to causing a disturbance. Deputies also learned that her four children were in the vehicle with her at the time of the disturbance, added Sheriff Wiley.

The children were released to a next of kin member and Hughes was placed under arrest.

Emily Hughes, 30, of 45475 Rodney Road, St. Amant was charged with aggravated battery, hit and run driving, and disturbing the peace on June 29.

She was released from the Ascension Parish Jail after posting $15,244.50 by Judge Turner on June 29.