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St. Mary Parish officials speak out about Oct. 10 fatal car accident

Authorities in St. Mary Parish seem to have gone on the defensive regarding a chain of events earlier this month that ended with the death of a criminal suspect. The incident has attracted scrutiny from across Louisiana because not everyone who has heard of it is convinced that the situation was handled properly.

The underlying incident occurred Oct.10. Authorities were trying to stop a 44-year-old man whom they believed was involved in drug dealing.

According to a press release from the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Department, the man pulled over, but when deputies approached his vehicle, he sped away "at a high rate of speed."

Deputies pursued him and about a mile from where he was pulled over, the man got into a collision. He later died from injuries he sustained in the crash.

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office released a statement saying the incident was still under investigation by the Louisiana State Police. It also sought to assure readers that sheriff's deputies are trained in how to handle situations like fleeing suspects and car chashes.

Now, it isn't the fault of the officers if this man drove too fast or was reckless. Then again, one does have to wonder if it was worth it to pursue the man as they did. No one condones drug dealing (if that's indeed something with which he was involved) and we all believe in justice and upholding the law, but at the cost of human life?

Source: The Advertiser, "St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office makes statement on deadly car chase," Oct. 17, 2012

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