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Inspector crashes city truck with suspended license

2 years 10 months 2 weeks ago July 10, 2014 Jul 10, 2014 Thursday, July 10 2014 July 10, 2014 5:50 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Chris Nakamoto

PORT ALLEN - The city inspector in Port Allen was involved in a wreck this week in his city vehicle, and cited by police for driving on a suspended driver's license.

The crash happened Tuesday at the corner of 7th Street and Louisiana Avenue. When investigators showed up they cited City Inspector Milan Lathers for failing to yield and having a suspended license.

The details are outrageous to people like Junior Joseph in Port Allen.

"It's foolish, and it's a joke," Joseph said. "They should do something about it."

When we caught up with Lathers, he told News 2 the suspended license stemmed from a late payment on his insurance. He said he corrected the issue after his wreck.

"I didn't know it was suspended," Lathers said. "I didn't get a notice in the mail saying it was revoked."

City leaders in Port Allen said the driving records of people with city issued vehicles are reviewed once a year. In this particular situation, Lathers' record was reviewed six months ago and everything checked out. When they found out his license was suspended he was issued a verbal reprimand, but won't face any further discipline.

News 2 found this isn't the first time Lathers was cited for having a suspended license. In 2008, he also received the same citation.

"Unpaid ticket in Mississippi," Lathers said. "We were traveling and got a ticket on the highway."

For people like Junior Joseph, they call what happened in this situation unacceptable.

"Port Allen is something else," Joseph said. "Port Allen is going be Port Allen, country town gonna stick with country town."

No one was seriously hurt in the crash.

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