BY JEFF CLARK
A West Point assistant police chief has been suspended after a Tuesday morning accident. According to Cpl. Criss Turnipseed of the Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop G, West Point Assistant Police Chief Avery Cooks was traveling on Highway 50 around Judge Thomas Road Tuesday morning when the City of West Point police cruiser (Crown Victoria) he was driving hit a 2012 Silver Toyota Camry that was slowing down to make a left turn into a private drive. Turnipseed said Cooks steered to the left to avoid hitting the Camry but the car turned as he swerved and the vehicles collided. L.J. Jones, 70, the passenger in the Camry, was transported by ambulance to North Mississippi Medical Center — West Point.
The accident occurred outside West Point City limits.
West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley on Wednesday confirmed Cooks’ accident was under investigation.
“Cooks has been suspended while we investigate the accident,” Brinkley said. “This is standard procedure when an accident with an injury involving an officer happens.”
Brinkley would not comment on whether or not Cooks was on official city business at the time of the accident.
“This is a personnel matter and I cannot discuss it,” Brinkley said.