From Slidell PD:
A school crossing guard is recovering after intentionally being stuck by a vehicle early this morning. Around 8:15 a.m., Slidell Police received a 911 call in reference to a disturbance between 33-year-old Francis Gras and a school crossing guard assigned to Abney Elementary (825 Kostmayer Avenue). According to witnesses, Gras disregarded the school crossing guard’s instructions, and then engaged in a verbal altercation. During the altercation, the crossing guard told Gras she was going to contact police, and that is when Gras took it a step further. Several witnesses stated that Gras placed his vehicle in reverse, squealed his tires, then accelerated forward; intentionally striking the crossing guard with his vehicle.
The crossing guard was knocked to the ground, and Gras fled the scene. Gras was apprehended about ten minutes later, resisted arrest, but was eventually detained without injury. The crossing guard was transported to a nearby hospital with minor injuries and is expected to make a full recovery. Gras was charged with:
- Reckless Operation
- Aggravated Battery
- Hit and Run
- Possession of Marijuana (4th Offense)
- Resisting an Officer
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Possession of Schedule I Narcotics in a Drug Free Zone (School)
Gras is currently being held at the Slidell City Jail and will eventually be transported to the St. Tammany Parish Jail where a bond will be set.
Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith says, “We are grateful that our crossing guard only suffered minor injuries. Crossing guards play a very important role in our community by keeping our school children safe. This type of behavior is appalling and unacceptable. I am glad this suspect is off the streets and in jail.”