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|Drummer bond $131,000 in CPSO deputy's death|
Bond for the man booked with vehicular homicide in the death of a Concordia Parish sheriff's deputy was set at $131,000 this morning (Wednesday) by Judge Glen Strong in Division A, Seventh Judicial Court, Vidalia.
Joseph L. Drummer, 31, 731 Belle Grove Circle, Vidalia, was booked for vehicular homicide and on other charges as a result of a crash Sunday evening involving two vehicles and resulting in the death of deputy John T. Mott Jr., 41, of Ferriday, according to the Louisiana State Police.
Drummer, in shackles and wearing a prison uniform, made a brief appearance in court this morning where he was appointed a lawyer by the court.
Mott, 41, had been employed by the sheriff's office since April 2007. He had previous law enforcement experience in both Louisiana and Mississippi.
"This is an enormous loss for the community, as well as the Sheriff's Office," said Sheriff Randy Maxwell on Monday. "John Mott was an exceptionally good deputy and a good man who was devoted to his family. I'm just asking everyone for their prayers -- especially for his family, but also for our staff and the entire community."
State Troopers responded to the crash around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, which occurred on La. Hwy. 568 at La. Hwy. 900.
Troop E gave this account of the accident:
The crash involved a 1991 Chevrolet pickup, driven by Drummer and a 1999 Harley Davidson motorcycle, driven by Mott. The Chevrolet was east bound on La. Hwy 568 when Drummer attempted to turn left onto La. Hwy 900. This action resulted in the Chevrolet colliding with the west bound Harley Davidson.
Drummer was not injured in the crash. His only passenger, Shawn McCarty, 32, of Vidalia, was not injured.
Mott Jr. was wearing a motorcycle helmet, but was pronounced dead.
Charges against Drummer, including the bonds set this morning, included vehicular homicide ($100,000), DWI 3rd ($20,000), improper left turn ($2,500), driving under suspension $1,500), open container ($1,000), possession of marijuana ($1,000) and DWI with an accident ($5,000). He was booked in the Concordia Parish jail Sunday.
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