Police to retrieve vehicle from officer on leave

Several Eunice officers have been interviewed by State Police investigators probing a complaint of police brutality and others have sessions scheduled.

Meanwhile, according to Chief Gary Fontenot, the department is going to pick up the patrol unit assigned to the accused officer.

Fontenot had suspended the officer’s use of the vehicle when he was placed on administrative leave following the April 14 incident.

But the officer, according to Fontenot, appealed to Mayor Bob Morris for the right to use the car to attend to police matters in court, matters the officer had on his calendar before placed on leave.

Morris, the chief said, agreed to allow the man to use the car for that reason.

But over the weekend, complaints arose that the officer has allegedly used the vehicle for other purposes.

“I’m double checking those reports. If confirmed, we’ll go pick the car up today,” Fontenot said. He could not confirm whether the officer does or does not have a personal vehicle.

Eunice officers have around-the-clock use of their city-insured assigned vehicles.

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