Scary clown taunts motorists on I-310

Mask-wearing man was driving vehicle without license plate, witness says

August 06, 2010 at 8:56 am  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

A man wearing a clown mask reportedly tailed several vehicles on I-310 last week before pulling even with the drivers and staring them down, which led to 911 calls to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office.

One of those drivers was 24-year-old Lynda Menard who was driving home to Luling after leaving work in Metairie.

Menard noticed a white Chevrolet Avalanche driving erratically behind her vehicle on I-310 and saw it tail other cars before pulling even with the drivers for a long period of time.

“Then the driver got behind me and started riding my bumper,” she said. “When I looked in the rearview mirror I could see this guy wearing this scary-looking clown mask.”

Menard said the man in the clown mask eventually pulled into the other lane and then got beside her car.

“He wasn’t even watching the road…he just kept looking at me,” Menard said. “I was scared, but when I tried to slow down, he would slow down too and just keep even with my car.
“He was just staring and pointing at me.”

While on the Hale Boggs Bridge, Menard said she saw a police car driving ahead of her. The clown-mask wearing man did so as well.

“All of a sudden he sped up, swerved into the right lane in front of me and took the Luling exit,” she said. “While he was in front of me I tried to get the license plate number, but the truck didn’t have a license plate at all.”

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Dwayne LaGrange said police got calls from other motorists driving on I-310 and dispatched officers to the area.

“We weren’t able to locate anybody,” he said. “This whole thing was very unusual.”

LaGrange said vehicles without license plates are hard to track down.

“Even though clowns are supposed to be funny, we don’t find this to be funny at all,” he said. “When you are driving on the interstate and forcing people to focus their attention on you, you could cause an accident.”

Anyone with information on the incident should call the Sheriff’s Office at 985-783-6807.

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