Posted: Feb 9, 2011 12:13 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Feb 9, 2011 12:13 PM
CROWLEY – Melissa Guerrero was driving in Acadia Parish the day after Thanksgiving when she saw blue lights in her back mirror and pulled over. But the vehicle with the lights, an unmarked white SUV, just kept going.
So she followed it, calling 911 and telling dispatchers what she saw during the next 30 minutes.
“We almost wrecked ‘cause we were scared, we thought it was a cop,” she said in the 911 recording, “And then he’s just pulling these people over and then just takes off… He's just crazy. I don't know what he's doing but that is just crazy.”
Louisiana State Police troopers pulled over the SUV and discovered the driver was Addis Police Chief Ricky Anderson, who was 70 miles from Addis and well outside his jurisdiction.
A dashboard camera recorded Anderson’s explanation to the troopers.
“There was a vehicle in and out at 90 miles an hour and I flashed my blue lights at him to slow him down,” Anderson told them.
He explained he was on his way home after visiting family in Lake Charles, and had turned his lights on to slow down other drivers he thought were going too fast.
“I wasn't stopping him, all I did was flash my lights on and off to let him know there was a cop behind him, and if he wouldn't slow down, I was calling you,” he told the troopers in the recording.
Anderson also admitted that he was going over the speed limit as well, doing about 80 miles per hour and moving people over from the left passing lane.
“He just pulled another person with the lights,” Guerrero said in her 911 call.
“He just pulled another one over?” asked the dispatcher,
“Yeah, but he's moving pretty fast and they can move to the right…they think it’s an emergency,” Guerror said.
Troopers scolded Anderson for his actions after stopping him, telling him he overstepped his authority.
“You need to call us,” the trooper said.
“And I would have but he slowed down,” said Anderson.
“You shouldn’t do that,” said the trooper.
When asked to comment about his actions, Anderson told News 2 that the story was “bogus” and hinted he may withhold information and developments about an unsolved murder from last summer if the story was aired.
Troopers advised Guerrero to file a complaint with the Attorney General’s office over the incident.