ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – An alleged DWI driver hits three MoDOT contract workers in a Ferguson construction zone, sending them to the hospital. Then authorities told FOX 2 that the driver tried to get away but was caught.
Everything unfolded late Monday night at New Halls Ferry Road and I-270. Construction crews were back on the job Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, investigators shared that the workers who were hit remain hospitalized while the suspect is behind bars. This all took place Tuesday, about 10:30 p.m.
The Missouri Highway Patrol is handling the investigation. Authorities explained that a white Ford Focus was the vehicle that hit the MoDOT contract workers. The 33-year-old car’s driver fled the scene after the incident, according to Corporal Dallas Thompson with the patrol, but St. Louis County Police quickly apprehended him.
Thompson also revealed that the three MoDOT contract workers were on the job working in a closed section of roadway along northbound New Halls Ferry Road. The suspect drove through the closed construction zone where an emergency vehicle was present, hitting the workers.
Thompson added that an ambulance took all three employees to the hospital. The victims were all men, ranging in age from 22, 35, and 38. We’re told the workers are in serious but stable condition.
The highway patrol report said that the workers were all wearing safety vests and high-visibility reflective ankle bands when they were hit. The 33-year-old driver of the car is behind bars in Clayton Tuesday morning. He was arrested for alleged DWI, and he will likely face a charge of DWI causing serious physical injury to another person.
At this point, there is no timeline for when the Highway Patrol might apply for warrants against the suspect.