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Head of Louisiana State Police Busted By One Of His Troopers For Speeding

Baton Rouge, LA – The head of the Louisiana State Police got nabbed by one of his own for speeding on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge last month (video below).

Louisiana State Police (LSP) Colonel Lamar Davis was driving an unmarked state police vehicle to a meeting in Lake Charles at about 1 p.m. on June 28 when a state trooper pulled him over for speeding on Interstate 10 near Ramah, WAFB reported.

Dashcam video showed that when Col. Davis pulled over and stopped his vehicle, he activated his emergency lights that identified his vehicle as law enforcement.

The state trooper from Troop A who stopped him jumped out of the vehicle and approached the stopped SUV.

Dashcam video showed Col. Davis also hopped right out of his SUV and met the trooper near the rear of his vehicle.

“Well, I’ll be,” the trooper said when he recognized the head of the state police.

Dashcam video showed the men shook hands and chatted for less than a minute before they returned to their own vehicles.

The trooper had his bodycam video on when he first got out of his vehicle but appeared to have turned it off when he recognized Col. Davis, WAFB reported.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards recently signed legislation that specifically targeted the 18.2-mile span of the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge where Col. Davis was caught speeding.

There were 276 crashes on the bridges in 2021, many of which were attributed to high speed, WAFB reported.

Two of the wrecks on the bridge were fatal.

Speeding fines along that stretch will be doubled up to $350 for the first offense, or up to $1,000 for the second offense, under the new law that goes into effect on Aug. 1, WAFB reported.

Col. Davis did not receive a ticket for speeding in June.

LSP Captain Nick Manale, the head of LSP Public Affairs, said the trooper had “utilized his discretion and did not issue a citation” to his boss, WAFB reported.

Capt. Manale said the trooper did not make a note about how fast Col. Davis was driving on the 60mph road when he stopped him.

Col. Davis said in an interview with WAFB that he didn’t remember how fast he’d been going but that he needed to “slow [his] butt down.”

“This is something that I frown upon and quite frankly I’m disappointed in myself. But, rest assured that I know better, and I will continue to do better and do my best. You have that commitment there,” the state’s top cop said.

Watch the incident unfold in the video below:

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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