La. State Police Charge 2 with Insurance Fraud in Big Rig Wreck

June 8, 2007

Two people are accused of intentionally crashing the tractor portion of a tractor-trailer rig as part of an insurance scam in Louisiana.

The Louisiana State Police Insurance Fraud and Auto Theft Unit arrested Christopher Bonier, 31, of Chestnut and Liza Telsee, 36, of Campti on felony insurance fraud warrants, police reported.

Telsee and Bonier are accused of disconnecting a flatbed trailer from the tractor, then steering the tractor off the road into a nearby tree, according to a state police news release.

The two claimed the trailer was defective and separated from the tractor while the vehicle was traveling at 55 miles per hour, but the evidence at the scene did not match their statements, according to police. Telsee and Bonier voluntarily surrendered to state police investigators in Red River Parish, where the crash occurred.

Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk,

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