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Couple sues over high-speed police chase

3 years 9 months 1 week ago August 16, 2013 Aug 16, 2013 Friday, August 16 2013 August 16, 2013 6:55 AM in News

GONZALES - A Gonzales couple has filed a lawsuit seeking damages resulting from a Dec. 18 high-speed police chase that left two people dead.

Warren Porta III and his wife brought the lawsuit in in state court on Wednesday. The lawsuit was filed against the city of Gonzales and Police Officer Brent Amy over injuries Porta received at the conclusion of Amy's pursuit of a man and woman suspected of shoplifting at Tanger Outlet Center in Gonzales.

Attorneys representing the plaintiffs in the lawsuit accuse Amy and the police department of negligence and disregard for the safety of others for initiating the chase.

Also, the suit says, the chase was unnecessary because shoplifting is a misdemeanor offense.

Police Chief Sherman Jackson declined Thursday to comment on the lawsuit.

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