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TAYLORTOWN, LA (KTBS) – The private attorney who destroyed a Bossier-Webster District Attorney's Sport utility vehicle did not tell investigators how the vehicle landed in a bayou last week and why it left the scene of the accident, a report says of the Bossier Sheriff & # 39; s Office on the crash.
Lyn Lawrence, a Bossier City attorney who is a close personal friend and political ally of District Attorney Schuyler Marvin, was charged by Sheriff's MPs for failing to report the accident.
Marvin has refused to comment on why a private individual drove a vehicle from his office and whether he approved the use of Lawrence. Lawrence would also not respond to requests from KTBS for comment.
Bossier Parish Sheriff's MPs said they received a call just before midnight Thursday that a vehicle had driven over a causeway along State Highway 527 in southern Bossier Parish. MPs found a Toyota Sequoia on his side in Red Chute Bayou in 2013, but no one in the vehicle.
Sheriffs Lt. Bill Davis said MPs returned ownership of the SUV to prosecutors, contacted someone in the prosecutor's office, and determined that Lawrence, 53, was the likely driver.
Two MPs went to a house in Elm Grove where Lawrence lives after midnight. The Sheriff's Office report said Lawrence "didn't want to talk about the accident" but told them it happened around 7pm. and he got out of the wrecked vehicle through a rear window.
MPs said Lawrence told them he had lain on the edge of the bayou for a few hours before he could attract the attention of a family who brought him home.
A rescue team checked Lawrence's condition and found he had scratches on his arms and face and a broken nose, MPs said.
MPs said they saw no reason to believe that alcohol or drugs were factors in the wreck and did not test Lawrence, the report said.
According to state ethics guidelines, vehicles are only allowed to be used by government agencies for official business purposes and by government employees. State law prohibits the loan of property of political subdivisions to individuals.
Marvin would not respond to requests for comment on his office's policies regarding the use of his vehicles, whether he would seek compensation for damage to the wrecked SUV, and whether he would prevent his office from prosecuting the ticket issued to Lawrence.
On Friday morning, hours after the accident, Lawrence attended a virtual hearing in federal court in Shreveport for one of his clients. Lawrence wore an open collar shirt instead of a coat and tie, and US District Judge Elizabeth Foote punished him for his clothes. Although Zoom's hearing was held, the judge said Lawrence should have followed courtroom guidelines regarding clothing. Lawrence apologized for the oversight.
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