Cop flagged for speeding 700+ times
SORRENTO - Documents show that a Sorrento policeman has been clocked speeding over 700 times in a two-month period. Now some in the town want answers on what's being done to stop it.
Officer James Bell is one of just five officers on the force in Sorrento. Documents obtained by The Creole website in Ascension Parish show Bell was flagged a total of 737 times, for driving over 75 miles per hour. That includes speeds of 109 miles per hour on Highway 61, 106 miles per hour on Airline Highway and over 90 miles an hour outside the jurisdiction in East Baton Rouge Parish on Burbank Drive.
On September 2, accident records show that during a pursuit of a speeding vehicle, Officer Bell rear-ended a woman on Highway 61. No injuries were reported, but Bell was disciplined.
Some citizens said that with policeman accused of speeding so many times, the public is constantly in danger.
"He can drive better than that," said Clarence Cole of Thibodaux. "Respect everybody."
"It's unfair," said Jared Chauvin of Gramercy. "Just because you (are) a cop doesn't make you above the law."
Chief Earl Theriot said Bell was reprimanded specifically for endangering the public with his driving.
To read the speeding reports from July 1 through Sept. 3, click below: