State employee still driving despite dreadful record

How bad does your driving history have to be for you to lose the right to drive a state vehicle in Louisiana?

Apparently, pretty bad. Although it's entirely possible that a well-placed report (instead of the ones that seem to be missing from evidence) would do the trick.

That's the general assumption regarding a female parole and probation officer in Baton Rouge with the state's Department of Corrections. So far, the officer has crashed two different state cars, been issued one speeding ticket in another incident and is now being sued by at least one injured driver on the basis of negligent driving.

She was in an accident back in June, 2017. That one led to a lawsuit. Six months after that, she crashed the second car while driving 89 miles per hour in an area where the maximum allowable speed was 55 miles per hour. The police initially charged her with negligent driving but the charges were dropped when she took a plea over the speeding ticket.

Somehow, despite all the accidents and issues, her driving record is pristine. According to the state, no files were ever recorded regarding the officer's accidents -- which means that they never officially happened. She has been able to keep her license and keep driving despite the fact that she has repeatedly put the state's citizens at risk with her recklessness.

When someone wrecks a company car (or, in this case, a state car) while on company business, the employer is generally liable for any resulting injuries. Employer insurance policies are generally better equipped to absorb the expense of a serious accident. Keeping that in mind, it seems like state officials should be more anxious to keep a bad driver out of state vehicle and off the roads -- before more accidents and lawsuits come into play.

Now that the information has come to light, the Department of Corrections has temporarily suspended the officer's permission to drive one of its vehicles -- a move that comes a little late for at least one accident victim.

Source:, "Despite crashes, tickets and a lawsuit, employee driving state vehicle keeps clean driving record," Chris Nakamoto, May 24, 2018

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