GRETNA – A motorist is suing the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, claiming one of its deputies ran his police cruiser into his vehicle.

Todd Vinet filed suit against Jerry D. Bonds and Newell Normand, in his capacity as Sheriff for Jefferson Parish, in the 24th Judicial District Court on April 22.

Vinet asserts he was stopped at a red light located at Terry Parkway when a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office vehicle driven by Bonds ran into the rear of his car. The plaintiff claims he was injured in the incident.

The defendant is accused of failing to maintain a proper lookout, failing to use reasonable care, operating a motor vehicle in a reckless and careless manner, failing to maintain reasonable distance, failing to have proper regard for others, failing to maintain reasonable vigilance, failing to bring vehicle to a stop before collision and disregarding a traffic light.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for medical expenses, physical pain and suffering, mental pain and anguish, physical disability and loss of enjoyment of life.

Vinet is represented by Preston L. Hayes of Metairie-based Chehardy, Sherman, Ellis, Murray, Recile, Griffith, Stakelum & Hayes LLP.

The case has been assigned to Division P Judge Lee V. Faulkner Jr.

Case no. 748-949.

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