Video appears to show EBRSO deputy turning into traffic, causing crash
BATON ROUGE - Paul Charbonnet captured video of an accident on his dash cam that he claims shows an East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputy driving recklessly.
"The cars in front of me stopped, and then the cop just whipped out around in to the other lane, head-on. All of a sudden I hear screeching tires and this car comes from behind me, squealing, and turns to hit the median to avoid hitting the cop," described Charbonnet.
The accident happened on Harding Boulevard as the deputy was attempting to respond to an accident on the other side of the street.
"It wasn't an emergency situation," explained Charbonnet. "He was going the wrong way down a street--down a busy intersection. He could have easily just gone up and u-turned like any normal person would have done."
The driver of the other car was unharmed, but his car is another story. It appears to have serious damage including the air bags deploying.
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office did not want to comment but did tell us that all deputies involved in wrecks go before a review board that determines if any disciplinary action needs to be taken.
We showed prominent Baton Rouge defense attorney Lewis Unglesby the video and asked him if he could defend the deputy.
"Well there isn't any defense," he said. "I could see how if it were some great, dramatic emergency--a murder or a shooting, or something--that the policeman might not think, but the sheriff's office certainly needs to take responsibility for this. There's no reason--that maneuver could have been a disaster."