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Louisiana man sentenced to 15 years for DUI crash on Natchez Trace

Photo courtesy of Madison County District Attorney’s Office

A Louisiana man has pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated driving under the influence, stemming back to a wreck on the Natchez Trace that left four people injured.

Ne’Tron Lambert, 25, of New Iberia, La. was sentenced to serve 15 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections by Judge Steve Ratcliff in Madison County Circuit Court on Thursday.

On March 12, 2022, law enforcement officers with the National Park Service were called to the scene of
a two-car accident on the Natchez Trace Parkway. Investigators were able to determine that the car, which was driven by Lambert, had been traveling in the wrong lane and hit another vehicle head-on.

Lambert, his three passengers, and the driver of the other vehicle all suffered significant injuries as a result of the wreck. All five individuals were taken to the University of Mississippi Medical Center, with one being airlifted from the scene.

Officers were able to obtain toxicology results from a blood draw showing Lambert was under the influence of both alcohol and marijuana at the time of the accident.

Lambert’s passengers later confirmed that they had been drinking and smoking marijuana for several hours before they left a party at approximately 4:45 a.m. Accident reconstruction reports indicated Lambert was traveling 89 miles per hour when he hit the other car.

With the approval of all four victims, Lambert was allowed to plead guilty to two counts of aggravated

“This is the prime example of just how dangerous it is to drink and smoke marijuana and then get behind the wheel of a car,” District Attorney Bubba Bramlett stated. “Ne’Tron Lambert changed the course of five lives that morning when he elected to drive under the influence and ended up driving on the wrong side of the Natchez Trace. It was truly a miracle no one died in such a serious accident.”

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