May 30, 2024

2 teens killed in deadly crash during pursuit through BR, WBR; Addis Police officer charged with negligent homicide

2 teens killed in deadly crash during pursuit through BR, WBR; Addis Police officer charged with negligent homicide


BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – In accordance to District Attorney Tony Clayton, the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office environment has arrested the Addis Law enforcement officer who was involved in the lethal pursuit in WBR.

The officer was identified as David Cauthron.

Cauthron was booked into WBR Parish Jail at 9:45 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 1.

He is staying charged with 2 counts of negligent murder and 1 rely of negligent injuring.


Additional than a single law enforcement agency is investigating a police pursuit via quite a few parishes that prompted a crash and left two teenager girls useless and a different boy injured on Saturday, Dec. 31.

District Lawyer Tony Clayton says his place of work is hunting into the scenario and the actions of the Addis law enforcement officer who was involved in the pursuit. Clayton suggests Addis Law enforcement Main Richard Anderson explained to him the officer is now on administrative go away. Clayton also programs to convene a grand jury at the conclude of the thirty day period to glance into the officer’s steps.

“To celebrate this New Year with my family members, and for individuals families not to be equipped to celebrate with all those children, it’s just despicable. And whoever will be held accountable for it, will be held accountable for it, period,” claimed District Attorney Clayton.

In accordance to the Baton Rouge Law enforcement Section, the pursuit begun due to a household invasion that happened in the 3200 block of Blackwell Generate in Baton Rouge. That’s exactly where Tyquel Zanders, 24, reportedly broke into a loved ones member’s property and stole their auto.

Arrest paperwork expose that officers attempted to pull Zanders around through a site visitors stop on River Highway in Baton Rouge. The documents said that when Zanders refused to end, the chase began. Zanders is accused of working several purple lights and reaching speeds of 110 miles for every hour on the interstate, according to the arrest files.

Authorities said the chase built its way into Brusly and then back into Baton Rouge. They additional the pursuit ended on I-10 at Dalrymple.

Tyquel Zanders
Tyquel Zanders(East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office)

Zanders pulled in excess of without having a struggle, BRPD claimed. Arrest files said he was taken into custody just after his car or truck stalled.

Officials said that the pursuit also led to a crash on LA 1 in Brusly that remaining two teens dead and a backseat passenger hurt. The teen victims are Maggie Dunn, 17, and Caroline Gill, 15, and equally ended up pupils at Brusly Higher College, officials added.

Deadly car crash in Brusly
Fatal vehicle crash in Brusly(WAFB)

The backseat passenger is in the medical center with essential accidents. It was later on acquired that Dunn and the backseat passenger were siblings, in accordance to WBRSO.

A supply tells WAFB it seems an officer from the Addis Police Section was making an attempt to catch up to the pursuit when that officer crashed into a different automobile, creating the deadly wreck. The automobile that was strike was not portion of the pursuit.

In accordance to a spokesperson with BRPD, their officers called off the pursuit when the suspect bought off the Mississippi River bridge and entered into WBR Parish, as they do not have jurisdiction to go into other places.

Much more than one particular legislation enforcement agency is investigating a police pursuit by way of several parishes that prompted a crash and remaining two individuals useless on Saturday, Dec. 3

“I have some major issues about his steps. I just believe that that police officers have to training common perception, to know that if you’re chasing a guy from stealing a automobile from his parents, that it does not entail you chasing throughout parish lines and traveling up to 100 miles for every hour, that’s absurd,” explained Clayton.

The identity of the Addis police officer has not been unveiled nonetheless. District Lawyer Clayton confirms to WAFB he has instructed investigators to convey him evidence from the officer’s auto.

“Because I obtain this to be just terrible. So, I want to know why and beneath what concept he was running below that he felt like he experienced to blow via several crimson lights to conclude up endangering human lives. So I have really serious concerns with that, and we will do it proficiently, effectively and quickly. And I approach to convene a grand jury at the stop of this thirty day period to glimpse into his steps, if I have all of the proof, and he will be charged correctly,” mentioned Clayton. “In the meantime, I assume Tuesday we are going to retrieve all the info from the officer’s auto and the information from the children’s car. Whilst I viewed the video tape, the little ones did every little thing legally. I signify they ended up the seventh or eighth motor vehicle heading via the intersection, I really don’t know why he (the officer) didn’t see that,” explained Clayton.

Officials affirm Zanders has been booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail. He is experiencing expenses of residence invasion, automobile theft, and aggravated flight. WBRSO afterwards additional that he is also remaining charged with two counts of manslaughter.

“He is dealing with well more than 100 decades in jail and we system to absolutely prosecute him,” explained District Attorney Tony Clayton.

The Addis Police Section produced the subsequent statement to Facebook:

The Addis PD is deeply saddened by the tragic incident that transpired. We wish to present our sincere condolences to the Dunn and Gill family members.

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