GRETNA – The Gretna Police Department is being sued by a motorist who claims he was severely injured after trying to evade an accident with a police cruiser and collided with a guardrail.

James C. Henley filed suit against Gretna Police Department in the 24th Judicial District Court on May 19.

Henley alleges on Jan. 9, 2015 he was driving on the Westbank Expressway when an officer driving a police cruiser belonging to the Gretna Police Department failed to yield to traffic and nearly collided with him. The plaintiff contends that when he attempted to avoid collision into the Gretna Police Department cruiser he ran his car into a guardrail. The plaintiff alleges a Louisiana State trooper recorded a statement from him in which he explained the accident was due to the actions of the police officer who by that time had been excused from the scene of the accident.

Henley contends his pelvis was crushed in the accident and he was transported to West Jefferson Medical Center for treatment.

The defendant is accused of failing to yield, failing to maintain control of the vehicle, failing to keep a proper lookout and driving in a careless manner.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, disfigurement, medical expenses, loss of income, loss of earning potential and property damage.

Henley is represented by Thomas E. Loehn of New Orleans-based Boggs Loehn & Rodrigue.

The case has been assigned to Division D Judge Scott U. Schlegel.

Case no. 749-855.

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