SORRENTO, LA (NBC33) — A police officer with a history of speeding is on an attorney’s radar.
An investigation was launched after Sorrento Police Officer James Lavone Bell of Baton Rouge was involved in a traffic crash on Airline Highway. The on-duty officer had his lights and sirens activated, but his excessive speeding was what ultimately caused the crash.
The driver of the vehicle Bell his contacted lawyers and so far they’ve learned that Bell has a long history of speeding.
“At issue is the claim that Officer Bell habitually travelled at excessive speeds, thereby jeopardizing the safety of public motorists,” Wade Petite, The Creole Online, reported.
The Creole’s investigation revealed that the Sorrento Police Department is well aware of Officer Bell’s history. Chief Earl Theroit noted that Bell has been reprimanded in the past.
“From July 1-September 3, 2013, there were 737 instances in which Officer Bell’s unit was flagged for travelling at speeds in excess of 75 mph,” The Creole noted. “In Baton Rouge, where Officer Bell resides, he was flagged for going over 80 mph 101 times, excluding those instances which occurred on the Interstate system. He was flagged by the monitoring system over 120 times on Burbank Dr. in Baton Rouge where the posted speed limit is 50 mph. This number includes those occasions where the rate of speed exceeded 75 mph, but there were numerous instances in which the speed registered at over 90 mph. There were also instances in Scotlandville and Zachary.”