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Tregre v. Champagne

Court of Appeals of Louisiana, Fifth Circuit

July 27, 2017

ARTHUR B. TREGRE, JR.
v.
GREG CHAMPAGNE IN HIS OFFICIAL CAPACITY AS SHERIFF FOR ST. CHARLES PARISH, ET AL LYNSEY P. WATSON, ET AL
v.
DALLAS J. VEILLON, ET AL FRANK CLAVELLE, ET AL
v.
ST. CHARLES PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE, ET AL DALLAS J. VEILLON
v.
GREG CHAMPAGNE IN HIS OFFICIAL CAPACITY AS SHERIFF FOR ST. CHARLES PARISH, ET AL AUTO CLUB FAMILY INSURANCE, ET AL
v.
GREG CHAMPAGNE, ET AL

         ON APPEAL FROM THE TWENTY-NINTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT PARISH OF ST. CHARLES, STATE OF LOUISIANA NO. 77, 419 C/W 78, 619 C/W 78, 739 C/W 78, 745 C/W 78, 753, DIVISION "C" HONORABLE EMILE R. ST. PIERRE, JUDGE PRESIDING

          COUNSEL FOR PLAINTIFF/APPELLEE-3RD APPELLANT, ARTHUR B. TREGRE, JR. Philip J. Boudousque.

          COUNSEL FOR PLAINTIFF/APPELLANT, LINSEY P. WATSON, INDIVIDUALLY AND ON BEHALF OF HER DECEASED HUSBAND, JEFF G. WATSON George B. Recile.

          COUNSEL FOR INTERVENOR/APPELLEE, COVINGTON SPECIALTY INSURANCE COMPANY Sidney W. Degan, III Travis L. Bourgeois Karl H. Schmid Catherine N. Thigpen.

          COUNSEL FOR DEFENDANT/APPELLEE-2ND APPELLANT, GREG CHAMPAGNE, SHERIFF FOR THE PARISH OF ST. CHARLES, AND ATLANTIC SPECIALTY INSURANCE COMPANY Edmund W. Golden

          COUNSEL FOR DEFENDANT/APPELLEE, BOOGIE'S LOUNGE, LLC AND DERREL A. RANATZA Ryan M. Malone Linda A. Hewlett.

          Panel composed of Judges Fredericka Homberg Wicker, Marc E. Johnson, and Stephen J. Windhorst.

         AFFIRMED.

         SJW

         FHW

         MEJ

          STEPHEN J. WINDHORST JUDGE.

         In this consolidated action, plaintiffs Arthur B. Tregre, Jr. and Lynsey P. Watson, as well as defendant Greg Champagne, in his official capacity as Sheriff for St. Charles Parish (Sheriff), appeal from a decision of the trial court granting summary judgment in favor of defendants, Boogie's Lounge, LLC (Boogie's) and Darrel A. Ranatza, and defendant/plaintiff-in-reconvention, Covington Specialty Insurance Company (Covington), and dismissing any and all claims against Boogie's, Mr. Ranatza, and Covington with prejudice. We affirm the ruling of the trial court.

         FACTS AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY

         This action arises out of an automobile accident. The facts, for the purposes of this appeal, are as follows:

         On August 4, 2013, Mr. Tregre was proceeding in his vehicle southbound on La. Highway 52, in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana. He was following a vehicle driven by Dallas Veillon. While Mr. Veillon was attempting to make a left turn, a police cruiser traveling northbound on La. Highway 52, driven by Deputy Jeff Watson, struck Mr. Veillon's left-turning vehicle. The police cruiser then entered the southbound lane and struck Mr. Tregre's vehicle head-on. Deputy Watson was killed in the accident and Mr. Tregre suffered serious injury.

         Deputy Watson was employed by the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office and was in the course and scope of his employment at the time of the accident. A short time prior to the accident, Mr. Veillon had been drinking at Boogie's, and was ejected from that establishment. Mr. Veillon was allegedly driving while intoxicated at the time of the ...


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