Addis officer arrested for wreck that killed two girls in WBR

Addis Police Officer David Cauthron was arrested and charged with two counts of negligent homicide in West Baton Rouge Parish. He has been suspended at Addis PD since the wreck.

“This will not be swept under any rug,” said WBR District Attorney Tony Clayton. “We have two children who died over this for absolutely no reason at all.”  

It comes after Cauthron was involved in a wreck that left two Brusly High School students dead, Maggie Dunn and Caroline Gill. Dunn’s brother Liam, 20, is in a hospital fighting for his life. He was the backseat passenger in the vehicle that was hit.

Sources confirm to Unfiltered with Kiran that Cauthron had a red light on La 1 when he was speeding for the pursuit and t-boned Dunn and Gill’s car. He did have his lights and sirens on but allegedly never braked when approaching the red light.

The Addis officer was assisting Baton Rouge Police in a pursuit that started after Tyquel Zanders, 24, allegedly broke into his parents home, pushed his dad down and then stole their car on New Year’s Eve.  

Officials have also pulled body camera and dash camera videos from the deadly crash and reviewed it, which aided them in the decision to arrest Cauthron, instead of waiting to take the case before a grand jury.

Clayton is now questioning BRPD why human life was put at risk and the pursuit was not called off.

“I don’t understand why his supervisors didn’t call it off. They will have to be brought in. You’re driving 110 mph and your supervisor doesn’t call it off? You have to answer that for me,” said Clayton.

Clayton said he will still take the case before a WBR Grand Jury.

“I am going to take it before a grand jury to see if there are any additional charges. It’s just protocol because it’s officer-involved. We’ve already established a probable cause. By putting it before a grand jury, you get to test the evidence and see what the public thinks of it,” said Clayton. “It doesn’t matter who the perpetrator is, a cop, the DA or anyone. We are a nation of laws, not of men. Here, our law appears to be broken and we will let our people in the parish determine if the conduct deviated from the norm.”

Zanders led multiple agencies on a chase going upwards of 110 mph on the interstate and 80 mph on Government St. in Baton Rouge. He then went into WBR Parish on La 1 where other agencies joined in the pursuit. Zanders then turned around on La 1 going back towards BR when the crash happened. Zanders’ car eventually ended up breaking down on I-10 near Dalrymple where he was taken into custody on multiple charges.

He will also be charged in WBR parish for at least two counts of manslaughter and possibly additional charges.

Cauthron is charged with two counts of negligent homicide. His bond is set at $100,000. He did bond out on Jan. 8th.

A candlelight vigil is planned at Brusly High for Monday, Jan. 2nd at 5:30pm. Plus, a restaurant in Brusly will be donating a portion of all proceeds on Jan. 2nd and 3rd to the Dunn & Gill family, Rio Cantina.

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