A Baton Rouge police officer is at fault for crashing a patrol car into the back of another vehicle early Monday morning, a spokesman said.
The collision occurred around 2:30 a.m. on westbound I-10 near the College Drive exit, said Baton Rouge Police spokesman Cpl. Don Coppola. The distracted officer rear-ended an automobile that entered the interstate at a slow speed, but the crash caused no injuries, he said. No one was transported for medical attention from the scene, he said.
The officer was not cited, but may face discipline within the department, depending on the outcome of the investigation, he said.
Coppola would not reveal the officer’s name, and said the lawman is not being placed on administrative leave.
The spokesman also said he did not know how fast the officer or the other driver were traveling, or whether the officer was using a department-issued laptop — often installed in patrol cars — at the time of the collision.
The crash caused “minor to moderate” damage on the officer’s vehicle and minor harm to the other automobile, Coppola said.
The incident is still being investigated.