Sorrento Police chief involved in two-vehicle collision Thursday

Wade McIntyre

BATON ROUGE - While driving a Town of Sorrento police car on Nov. 4, Police Chief Earl Theriot rear-ended a vehicle in front of him while traveling in slow moving traffic on Interstate 10 near Siegan Lane, according to Troop A State Police.

There were no injuries in the incident, police spokesperson Trooper Russell Graham said.

Theriot’s 2008 Crown Victoria was towed from the scene back to Sorrento by Tullier Towing Co., Graham said. The driver of the 2007 Saturn Vue was not injured and drove that vehicle from the scene, he said.

Theriot was driving westbound at 5:23 p.m. in the SP -1 (Sorrento Police 1) car when the accident occurred.

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts and alcohol use was not suspected.

Troopers said that Theriot was at fault in the accident, but the police chief was not cited due to the minor nature of the accident.

One source described the damage to the police car as being located all in the front. Theriot reportedly said at a Sorrento Town Council meeting the day after the accident that his estimate of the damage was about $4,000.

Insurance company estimates were unavailable at press time.

The car was behind closed doors at Tullier Towing at press time Thursday.