SORRENTO, LA (WAFB)- Some people want a police officer to turn over his badge after a GPS in his police car registered the officer speeding more than 700 times, sometimes out of his jurisdiction. One woman is taking the town and the police chief to court because of it.
Officer James Bell joined the ranks of the Sorrento Police Department last December. On September 2, 2013 he was involved in a crash on Airline Highway. According to a report by Louisiana State Police, Officer Bell said he was "attempting to catch up to a vehicle that was allegedly going 80 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone." The pursuit ended when the officer slammed on his brakes, lost control of his police cruiser and hit another car.
According to the GPS in his unit, Bell was going 100 miles per hour when the crash happened. The woman in the other car, who was injured, has hired attorney Andre Gauthier.
"The officer was just driving down the road at this crazy rate of speed," said Gauthier.