Motion to substitute service granted in officer's injury suit

David Yates Mar. 26, 2012, 8:36am


Because she allegedly refused to open the door, a Beaumont judge is allowing a process server to tack a lawsuit to defendant Brandy Plair's front door.

As previously reported, Waysie Jensen, an officer with the Beaumont Police Department, filed suit against Royale and Brandy Plair on Dec. 30 in Jefferson County District Court, alleging Royale Plair struck his vehicle twice while fleeing a domestic disturbance scene.

Court records show that on Jan. 24 a motion for substitute service was filed, stating that Brandy repeatedly refused to answer her door for the process server, even though there were clear signs she was home.

That same day, Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, granted the motion, granted the process server permission to tack the plaintiff's petition on Brandy's door or leave it with an adult over the age of 16.

The lawsuit alleges that on Feb. 3, 2010, Officer Jensen was responding to a domestic disturbance call when Royale, driving a vehicle owned and insured by Brandy, struck his vehicle twice while attempting to flee from the scene.

Officer Jensen alleges he injured his back and right arm because of Royale Plair's negligence, claiming the defendant was an incompetent and unfit driver who acted with indifference to the welfare of the plaintiff, the suit states.

On top of exemplary damages, Officer Jensen is suing for his alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages, plus all court costs.

Beaumont attorney Jonathan Juhan represents him.

Case No. E191-590

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