Gonzales Police sued over high speed chase that ended in crash

Gonzales Police sued over high speed chase that ended in crash

GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - An attorney is taking the Gonzales Police Department to court over a deadly high speed chase involving two reported shop lifters

The suit alleges the department and one of its officers broke the law.

The images depicting the aftermath of a high speed pursuit down highway 30 are hard to forget. On December 18, 2012, Gonzales Police Officer Brent Amy had reportedly been chasing two alleged shop lifters from the Tanger Outlet Mall into St. Gabriel when a head-on collision happened between the suspect's PT Cruiser and Warren Porta, III who was driving a Toyota Tundra.

Attorney Andre Gauthier who is representing Porta, said it turned his client's life upside down.

"He's simply driving down the road following all the rules and regulations of the state of Louisiana and all of the sudden he comes upon a Nascar race that is in the middle of a crash," Gauthier said.

Gauthier filed a lawsuit against Officer Amy and the Gonzales Police Department citing the high speed chase across parish lines was unnecessary and endangered the public.

"He had their names. He had their identity. He had done background checks on them. He knew they were driving a purple 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser."

According to the lawsuit filed on Wednesday afternoon in Iberville Parish, "audio recordings reveal that Officer Brent Amy advised the Gonzales Police Department that he was chasing the PT Cruiser at speeds about 90 mph."

"You're in curve, you're reporting to dispatch that you're going in the do or die lane at 90 mph. Why? You're not chasing the Boston bomber here."

Gauthier said while the officer made a bad decision he blames the police department for allowing it to happen.

The lawsuit alleges the agency neglected to do a great deal of things including "failed to order Officer Brent Amy to terminate the chase, permitted Amy to drive at an excessive speed and failed to institute proper pursuit policy."

Gauthier said he's filed suit to put an end to what he claims has become a big problem within the Gonzales Police Department.

Gonzales Police Chief, Sherman Jackson, declined to comment on the lawsuit, but did say Officer Amy has been with the department for at least four years.

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