A Louisiana couple has filed a lawsuit against the city of Gonzales and Police Officer Brent Amy after sustaining injuries from a high-speed police chase.
Police Officer Amy chased Kevdrinka T. Williams and Tremaine R. Wickem at high speeds on a Louisiana highway, which resulted in the suspects’ vehicle to spin out of control and collide with the couple’s truck. The couple contends that there was no need for the police officer to start chasing the suspects because the officer already identified them as shoplifting suspects and shoplifting is a merely a misdemeanor offense. The lawsuit accuses the Gonzales Police Department and the police officer of negligence and disregard for the safety of others in its initiation of the chase. Both suspects died from injuries sustained from the police chase.
Warren Porta III contends he suffers from disfigurement, physical pain, mental anguish and loss of wages stemming from the police chase, and is seeking a jury trial. Porta’s attorneys claim that the police vehicle’s siren was not activated, therefore failing to alert the public that high speed vehicles were approaching. The attorneys also assert that Officer Amy should have known that continuing to pursue the suspect’s vehicle through the highway at very high speeds posed a risk of peril to the general public. Records also reveal that the department had engaged in “multiple high-speed police chases that resulted in the destruction of property and death of human life” in 2012.
Chief Sherman Jackson of the Gonzales Police Department declined to comment on the lawsuit, but previously issued a statement noting that an internal investigation conducted by the police department revealed no wrongdoing from the police chase.
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