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CCSD superintendent leaves scene of car crash before police arrive

CCSD superintendent leaves scene of car crash before police arrive

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — On January 18 just prior to 11 a.m., Las Vegas Metropolitan Law enforcement had been termed to the scene of a three-car or truck crash on Desert Inn Street west of Paradise Road.

Police also experienced company.

Overall body-worn digital camera footage from the Metro site visitors officer shows him pulling his bike up next to a CCSD Law enforcement auto. The officer driving suggests, “We are striving to get a fantastic locale, but we cannot locate them.”

At first, there is certainly confusion about what took place, who was concerned, and who known as police.

  • Metro: Are you ready to get in touch with this individual back again? Is it an officer or is it somebody else?
  • CCSDPD: No, I consider it’s the superintendent of the college district.

13 Investigates uncovered Dr. Jesus Jara was associated in the accident as a passenger — but when police found the scene, Jara was gone.

His assistant, Joe Caruso, was driving the auto that brought on the crash.

On the entire body camera movie, Caruso can be listened to on the phone with Jara when law enforcement were collecting data.

  • Metro: You have your driver’s license?
  • Caruso on cell phone: Dr. Jara, I gotta go. The police want my driver’s license.

We requested CCSD why Jara still left when all the other motorists and travellers remained on scene. They despatched us the adhering to statement:

“The superintendent was touring between conferences when the incident occurred. When almost everything appeared protected and authorities were being contacted, he departed for his meeting.”

But there were some accidents.

  • Metro: You Alright?
  • Joe Caruso: Yeah, I lower my wrist.
  • Metro: Is that from the airbag or is it from a single of your clipboards?
  • Caruso: I don’t know but it is like…
  • Metro: It just took the skin off, looks like.
  • Caruso: But the airbag… I are not able to hear out of my ear.
  • Metro: Yeah, properly, you can see where it exploded ideal below (noting harm to Caruso’s deal with). And you’re bleeding on your ear way too.

The 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe that Caruso was driving is element of the CCSD Police auto fleet.

And the police report exhibits he was at fault.

  • Caruso: Am I gonna get a ticket for this?
  • Metro: It’ll be pursuing as well closely, is what it is. Due to the fact what happened was, there was a automobile that minimize this black one particular off, he slammed on his brakes, he (indicating the 2nd driver) was next far too closely as he was coming up, and then when you hit him, he went right into the black auto.

The school district’s Tahoe sustained main problems. Metro famous that every air bag went off, and it ultimately had to be towed from the scene.

CCSD Law enforcement Lt. Mitch Maciszak can be noticed on overall body camera movie performing to wrench open the passenger doorway in order to get registration and insurance plan information out of the glove box.

  • CCSDPD: You heading to cite him?
  • Metro: Yeah, of program.
  • CCSDPD: Just for subsequent…
  • Metro: Adhering to much too near. He’s the cause of the incident.

Even though Metro was in cost of the phone, with just just one bike officer responding, a number of college police officers, lieutenants, and even Main Henry Blackeye confirmed up on the scene.

  • Metro: That was a tough hit.
  • CCSD Law enforcement Main Blackeye: Yeah, it was. That automobile is a person of our aged, it is really a person of our cars and trucks. That’s a police package on that so the suspension, it might’ve been even worse.

You will find no point out of Dr. Jara’s presence at the time of the crash in Metro’s report.

Metro suggests that’s for the reason that when the targeted traffic officer arrived and spoke to the people today concerned, Jara was not there, “and no 1 on scene said he was involved.”

13 Investigates requested the district how Jara still left and who picked him up. We requested what assembly was he heading to and what company he and Caruso were being on at the time. We asked what the process is for checking out a district automobile. And we requested how a great deal this crash is going to charge in between the destruction to the district’s vehicle and the other two autos that were hit.

We are continue to waiting around on responses.

The superintendent used to get a car allowance, but that perk was eliminated from his agreement.

CCSD claimed it authorizes worker transportation by district-owned automobiles or personal motor vehicles when staff have to vacation on district enterprise. If they drive their possess cars, they can get reimbursed for their mileage.