After completing an investigation into an officer’s crash on Interstate 10 Monday, Baton Rouge police did not ticket the officer they say was at fault for rear-ending another vehicle, agency spokesman Cpl. Don Coppola said Tuesday.
The on-duty officer, Brad Bickham, “was distracted when he placed his drink in cupholder” as he drove a patrol car into the back of a Jeep Liberty moving at a slower speed in front of him, according to the crash report.
Coppola said Bickham may face internal discipline over the wreck.
Citations are not issued uniformly in crashes, Coppola said. The decision to give a traffic ticket is up to the discretion of each officer in each instance, he said.
The collision, just before 2:31 a.m. on westbound I-10 near the College Drive exit, caused “severe” damage to the front of the patrol car and “moderate” harm to the Jeep, the report says.
No one was taken to a hospital, but the Jeep’s driver complained of minor pain, according to the document.
The report by David Fauntleroy, the investigating police officer, did not list the speed at which each driver was traveling.