Clovis man claims cop was talking on cellphone while driving

Posted at: 08/27/2013 9:19 PM
Updated at: 08/28/2013 8:36 AM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A Clovis man said he had to swerve to avoid being hit by a police officer who was coming at him head-on. He said the officer was on her cell phone, not paying attention.

It started as a normal morning for Abby Parrish until he called 911.

"An officer in a city police car while talking on the phone—at a high rate that she shouldn't have been driving— ran me completely off the road. I jumped a curb over here in front of the Mormon church," Parrish said in a call to 911.

Parrish said the officer was speeding and didn't even see him coming.

He said if he wouldn't have swerved onto the curb that morning to avoid hitting the officer, things could have ended a lot worse.

"Could have been hurt, could have been injured, could have been killed," he said.

"An elementary school right there and just an hour later this place would be teeming with little children and she wouldn't have even seen those little kids," said Parrish's attorney, Dan Lindsey.

Lindsey said they've gotten no response from Clovis Police.

"We have been waiting 14 days for some type of result and they just don't want to tell us anything," said Lindsey.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 went to the Clovis Police Department Tuesday to get some answers. The chief told KOB they are not commenting because it's an internal investigation. KOB did find out the officer is still driving a patrol car. And so far, no disciplinary action has been taken.

"I want this person to be treated like anybody else who commits a reckless act almost having a head on collision with someone," said Lindsey.

Clovis does not have a ban on cell phones while driving.