Dashcam footage shows fatal Aug. 18 crash involving stolen vehicle and BRPD police unit

the Baton Rouge Police Department on Wednesday released dash camera footage from a chase last month that ended in a fatal crash involving the fleeing car and a marked police unit.

Department spokesman Sgt. L'Jean McKneely Jr. said the officer involved is Steven Whatley, who has been with the department for seven years and works in the uniform patrol division. Whatley was placed on paid administrative leave immediately after the incident but has since returned to his normal duties.

The driver of the fleeing vehicle ran a stop sign entering the intersection, according to police. The video shows the officer had virtually no time to avoid the crash.

An internal affairs investigation is ongoing, but the officer is not under criminal investigation, McKneely said. He added that Whatley was not pursuing the fleeing car but was attempting to get ahead and lay down spike strips when the crash occurred at the intersection of Evangeline Street and Maple Drive.

The fatal crash involved three men police believed were driving a stolen car, having threatened its owner at gunpoint and taken his vehicle and cellphone about 30 minutes earlier, according to arrest reports. Police located the stolen car not long after its owner reported the robbery, still within blocks of the initial offense. Officers tried to pull over the car, and that's when the chase began.

One of the men inside the stolen car was killed in the crash and the other two were arrested. Nicholas Paul, 19, was driving the stolen 2005 Honda Accord. He ran a stop sign on Maple Drive and the Accord was struck by the officer driving west on Evangeline Street. Jerrold Sherbin, 17, was sitting in the rear passenger seat and died on the scene. Shabastin Paul, 28, was riding in the front passenger seat and was later arrested on armed robbery.


By: Juggernaut (19517.10)

Tags: wtf, fatal, crash, BRPD

Location: Louisiana, USA