Minden Police Officer Christopher Hammontree is recovering at home, following a serious accident Friday.
“I talked to him Saturday,” Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said. “He has a broken thumb and concussion, but other than that, he’s just fine.”
Anthony Couch, 30, of Sarepta and his five-year-old son were classified in critical condition after being transported to LSU Medical Center by LifeAir. The elder Couch reportedly sustained life-threatening injuries; however, LSU Medical Center had no record of either individual at the hospital as of press time today.
According to Louisiana State Police Troop G reports, Hammontree was traveling south on Germantown Road in his assigned 2009 Ford Crown Victoria when he entered the intersection of Country Club Circle.
Cropper said the officer was looking for a vehicle belonging to a suspect who had reportedly made some threats against another individual.
At that time, Couch and his son were traveling west on Country Club Circle in a 1989 Chevrolet truck, when for unknown reasons, Couch failed to stop at the stop sign. As a result, both vehicles collided within the intersection and came to rest off the roadway.
The officer was reportedly wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash. He was transported to LSU by ambulance.
Troopers said Couch, who was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, was ejected from the vehicle and sustained life threatening injuries. The child, who received serious injuries from the crash, was reportedly restrained but not in the proper child restraint system.Although Couch has not been cited with any violations, routine toxicology test results are pending and the crash remains under investigation.