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.