City police department and employee sued for automobile wreck

Catherine Melancon Dec. 4, 2012, 3:00am

BATON ROUGE – A Baton Rouge man is filing suit against the city's police department alleging one of its employees rear-ended him, causing injuries to him and his minor child.

Ngoc Tran, individually and on behalf of his minor child, filed suit against the Baton Rouge City Police Department and Kenneth M. Pointer in the 19th Judicial Court on Nov. 14.

Tran claims he was operating his 2003 Mazda Tribune with his minor child as a passenger on Nov. 22, 2011 traveling northbound on S. Sherwood Forest Blvd. in Baton Rouge. The plaintiff was stopped due to traffic, when Pointer, operating his 2005 Dodge Durango owned by the police department, allegedly rear-ended the plaintiff.

The defendant is accused of failing to keep a sharp lookout, failing to recognize stopped traffic, failing to timely apply his brakes, following too closely to the plaintiff's vehicle and failing to take adequate measures to avoid collision with the plaintiff's vehicle.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for personal injuries to the plaintiffs' necks, heads, backs, arms, legs, hands, feet, chests and abdomens, medical expenses, pain, suffering, grief, mental anguish, residual disability, loss of enjoyment of life and property damages.

The plaintiff is represented by attorney Paul B. Lambremont of Baton Rouge.

The case has been assigned to Division I Judge R. Michael Caldwell.

Case no. 616998.

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