An accident report made public Friday on state Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s recent wreck indicates he blacked out before his vehicle struck a culvert and trees in rural Madison Parish.
State Police do not believe drugs or alcohol played a role in the Aug. 21 one-vehicle accident that sent Caldwell to the hospital.
The report quotes Caldwell, who is 67, as saying: “I was driving along and suddenly started feeling nauseated and the next thing I remember was somebody waking me up and being in the trees.”
Caldwell’s spokeswoman, Amanda Larkins, said the attorney general’s schedule did not permit time for him to talk about the accident Friday.
“AG Caldwell has fully recovered and is back at work, taking care of business for Louisiana. Subsequent tests have revealed no underlying medical condition which would have caused his nausea and brief blackout. He offers thanks for all the support and warm wishes,” Larkins said by email.
The accident happened early in the morning on U.S. 65 in Madison Parish, where Caldwell has a home.
KNOE initially reported that alcohol was a factor in the wreck. The Monroe-based television station later retracted the report and issued an apology.
According to the State Police report, Caldwell’s Ford Expedition was headed north on U.S. 65 when it ran off the road, traveled 93 feet along a shoulder, struck a concrete culvert and hit a stand of trees before coming to a stop facing eastbound.
Caldwell’s 2013 Ford Expedition was towed from the scene of the accident.
On the accident report, the vehicle’s owner is listed as a real estate company with a Baton Rouge street address that does not exist.
Larkins said Caldwell was driving a state vehicle that received that owner designation for “law enforcement and security purposes.”
Legislators agreed last year to Caldwell spending roughly $26,000 to replace his 4-year-old Ford Expedition with the newer, 2013 model.