Police Complaints

Cop in deadly collision has history covering up fellow cop's car wreck

Sergeant Adam Casaus of the Albuquerque Police Department is being investigated for his role in a fatal car accident. He’s probably hoping for a quick and casual investigation. Something like the quick and casual investigation he made two years ago when he responded to a five-car accident caused by another Albuquerque Police Officer.

According to public records obtained by Police Complaints, Officer Spencer Guillory was speeding recklessly through a residential Albuquerque neighborhood in November 2011. Guillory tore through an intersection, without emergency lights or sirens, at speeds as high as 80 MPH. He collided with a citizen’s car, lost control of his vehicle, then smashed into three more cars, cutting a swath of destruction 300 feet long. Miraculously, there were no serious injuries.

The neighborhood Guillory was speeding through has heavy pedestrian traffic and a speed limit of 25 MPH. The area was undergoing construction at the time and had an incomplete layer of asphalt.

When Casaus arrived to investigate, he surveyed the block-long accident scene and interviewed witnesses who reported that Guillory was speeding and not running his emergency equipment. Nevertheless, Casaus prepared a report blaming the accident on the driver of the first vehicle Guillory plowed into.

Above: Accident scene reconstruction by investigators

A citizen complaint about Casaus’ inadequate investigation was thrown out by the IRO, Tommy Jewel. Jewel stated that even though Casaus knew that Guillory was speeding and not running his emergency equipment, his report assigning blame to the victim was appropriate. Jewel wrote:

Officer C[asaus] knew that the departmental procedural violation was something that would be dealt with administratively and that it was not something he could take enforcement action on.

Obviously, police officers like Adam Casaus believe that speeding recklessly through a busy residential neighborhood is nothing more than a “procedural violation,” not a crime or even a traffic violation—as long as it’s done by a fellow officer.

Independent accident investigators later determined that Guillory’s speed was “obviously” excessive and his driving “reckless” and “dangerous”:

Analyzing the post-impact movement and the various impacts, we determined Officer Guillory was traveling a minimum of 51 mph at the time contact was made with the [citizen’s] vehicle. This calculation assumes that Officer Guillory never applied his brakes during the post-impact movement. If he had done significant braking throughout the post-impact movement his initial speed could have been as high as 80mph.

[T]he major contributing factor to the initial contact with the [citizen’s] vehicle, and particularly the subsequent collisions, was Officer Guillory’s excessive speed. Traveling 2 to 3 times the speed limit without the use of emergency equipment, particularly in this area (given the vehicle and pedestrian traffic), was improper, reckless, and dangerous.

Speeding silently through an intersection at 80 MPH sounds a lot like what Casaus himself did 2 years later when he killed young Ashley Browder. When Officer Spencer Guillory drove recklessly and dangerously in 2011, Casaus was there to cover up for his friend.

We hope no one will be covering up for the actions of Adam Casaus. The killer of Ashley Browder should be held accountable for his actions. We call on DA Kari Brandenburg to bring criminal charges against Sergeant Adam Casaus.

  • And who were the members on the POC at the time?? I bet they were the do-nothing whitewashers we were finally able to get rid of.