A Louisiana cop is facing charges for plowing into an unrelated car during a high-speed chase on New Year’s Eve — leaving two high school cheerleaders dead. Some more nice work by one of the nation’s finest.
Officer David Cauthron, 42, of the Addis police force, was charged with two counts of negligent homicide Sunday in the deaths of Maggie Dunn, 17, and Caroline Gill, 16, according to WBRZ.
Maggie’s brother Liam Dunn, a freshman at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, was reportedly critically injured in the crash.
“That cop has a lot of questions to answer pertaining to his speed and sheer negligence,” Clayton said Sunday, according to WBRZ. “The public can rest assured, we will follow the facts.”
Sources told the news outlet that Cauthron’s vehicle was going about 86 miles per hour during the chase of suspect Tyquel Zanders, who is accused of stealing a family member’s car. Sources also told the news station the police officer did not apply the brakes before hitting the car the girls were in.
Witnesses said Cauthron ran a red light when his police car reached the intersection and ran into the victims’ car around noon, according to the news station.
The chase began when Zanders, 24, entered a home where he was not welcome and shoved his father to the floor before taking the keys to a Nissan, the Advocate reported, citing Clayton and booking documents.
Zanders, who was later arrested when his car stalled, is expected to also face charges of manslaughter in the deaths of the two girls on top of the charges tied to the car theft, according to the West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, the newspaper reported. YEA ok. He is a piece of shit but lets be real. The cop killed the girls.
“He put the chain of events into play,” Clayton, the prosecutor, told the Advocate. “He’s responsible for all the reactions to his actions. He’s facing two counts, and if that poor kid doesn’t survive, he’ll face another.” I feel much safer knowin he is off the streets thanks to the efforts of our brave and expert law enforcement officers.