Ex-constable arrested in accident that leaves woman bedridden

Ex-constable arrested in accident that leaves woman bedridden
Police say Thomassie requested "professional courtesy" during arrest. (FOX 8 Photo)
Police say Thomassie requested "professional courtesy" during arrest. (FOX 8 Photo)

WESTWEGO, LA (WVUE) - The victim of a drunken driving accident involving a former Jefferson Parish constable is speaking out about an ordeal that will require her to endure months of rehab.

Police say Tony Thomassie, a constable for 27 years, was way past the legal alcohol limit when he slammed into the back of Felicia Scott's car. She's been bedridden for two days.

"As soon as I started breaking and turning the wheel, it was all over," she said.

On Wednesday night, Scott was driving on the Westbank Expressway when she says a large SUV slammed into the back of her Chevy.

"Loaded as a wolf is an understatement," Scott said of the man who hit her. "That poor baby, I don't know who loaded him into his car."

"We ran our Intoxilizer and it was more than three times the legal limit," said Westwego Police Chief Dwayne Munch.

As it turns out, the car was driven by Thomassie, the focus of several FOX 8 Lee Zurik investigations in 2014.

In one instance, Zurik's investigative team found Thomassie to be drinking during business hours on four occasions as they looked into allegations of travel expense abuse, and the selling of constable badges.

On Wednesday night as Scott waited for police, her friend videotaped Thomassie as he tried to pick up insurance papers that had been blown away by the wind.

"When the officers approached him, they smelled alcohol on his breath," Munch said.

Police placed Thomassie under arrest in spite of a special request he made.

"He asked for a professional courtesy," Munch said. "Our officers response was they're here to do a job."

After Thomassie arrest, Munch said he continued to ask for special favors.

"When someone is drinking, [they] tend to repeat because [they] don't remember, and he consistently asked the officer if he was going to give some professional courtesy," Munch said. "That was his statement."

FOX 8 reached out to Thomassie and we were told that he may have something to say next week.\

In the meantime, Scott is on her back, taking painkillers and planning therapy.

"It could have been far worse," Scott said. "I could not be here talking to you."

Thomassie lost his bid for re-election to a ninth term in office last fall. His bond for the DWI arrest was set at $11,500, which he posted Thursday.

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