Fund set up for officer injured while on duty

Fund set up for officer injured while on duty
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POSTED: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 10:30am

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 2:38pm

On Sunday, May 6, shortly after midnight, Denham Springs Police responded to a call for help after his vehicle had been struck by a passing driver. The call came from Sergeant T. Delrie, the Sergeant on duty, who was sitting in his police unit awaiting a tow truck to remove a disabled vehicle from a previous crash.

The Sergeant was seated in his police vehicle, completing the crash report, parked on the outside lane of Interstate 12 westbound, on the Amite River Bridge, in his Chevrolet Impala police car with the emergency lights flashing and directional arrow activated. A vehicle had struck the rear of the Sergeant’s police unit and pushed/moved the police vehicle approximately seventy feet, while the police vehicle was in park.

Fortunately, Sergeant Delrie had sent away the occupants of the previously crashed vehicles, due to concern for their well-being and the likelihood of an inattentive or impaired driver causing another crash. Also, Sergeant Delrie had left enough room between his police unit and the disabled vehicle ahead of him that if his police vehicle was struck in the rear, he would not be pushed into the disabled vehicle and suffer impact from the front in addition to the rear. A

The driver was identified as Ashley Covington, 32, of Denham Springs, Louisiana. Ashley Covington was booked for First-Degree Negligent Injuring, DWI Second offense, Possession of Schedule IV CDS, Careless Operation, and being a Fugitive of the 21st Judicial District for failing to appear for court.

On Sunday, The Friends of Denham Springs Police, an IRS 501(c)3 public charity, founded by a group of Livingston Parish Citizens who desire to aid our law enforcement officers, provided Sergeant Delrie with financial assistance to help him as he heals and attempts to return to work. Aid to the officers is provided by a variety of means, including providing equipment and providing funds to the officers and/or their families when they are injured or fallen in the line of duty. The Friends of Denham Springs Police accepts real property, closely held securities, intellectual property, works of art or music, royalties, automobiles, boats, planes, or other vehicles of any type.

Friends of Denham Springs Police

Post Office Box 2138

Denham Springs, Louisiana 70727

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