Addis Police Officer Identified, Charged by DA in Deadly Pursuit that Killed 2 Teen Girls in WBR
An Addis police officer is now facing charges in a deadly high-speed chase after authorities confirmed a warrant and subsequent arrest late Sunday night.
According to WAFB, officer David Cauthron was arrested and booked Sunday night on two counts of negligent homicide and 1 count of negligent injuring. Earlier on Sunday (Jan 1) 18th Judicial District Attorney Tony Clayton promised that his office would "follow the facts" in their review of dashcam footage in addition to all other communications from the officer involved in a deadly pursuit that killed two teenage girls in West Baton Rouge parish.
That cop has a lot of questions to answer pertaining to his speed and sheer negligence.
The deadly chase started in Baton Rouge and ended in West Baton Rouge when Cauthron's unit allegedly hit a vehicle, claiming the lives of 17-year-old Maggie Dunn and 16-year-old Caroline Gill. According to multiple reports, Maggie's brother Liam was also in the vehicle and was last reported to be in critical condition as a result of the impact.
For these kids to not to have been able to start the New Year is inexcusable, but we'll follow the facts first. I just can't put my arms around why (the officer) was driving at that rate of speed in pursuit of this vehicle. This officer is facing some serious issues.
The police-involved crash has rocked the small WBR community.
There have been mixed reactions on who was at fault in the deadly pursuit after suspect Tyquel Zanders led police on the chase that would result in an officer (Cauthorn) running a red light on LA 1 in Brusly and striking the victims' vehicle.
The chase started in a Baton Rouge neighborhood when Zanders stole a family member's vehicle. He led authorities through East and West Baton Rouge, and police ultimately stopped Zanders on I-10 back in the capital city. He was taken into custody without incident.
Clayton also told The Advocate there are questions as to whether or not the pursuit was deemed necessary over "a home invasion and stolen vehicle."
If it involves putting human life in danger, stop the damn pursuit. It's just not worth the risk.
In light of recent events, there have been rumblings that this is another incident that will be a major push in adjusting laws surrounding police chases.
For now, Cauthorn has been charged and booked into jail. We'll follow this story, but in the meantime, you can see the original story here.