Louisiana officer arrested for role in deadly car chase

Louisiana officer arrested for role in deadly car chase
Louisiana officer arrested for role in deadly car chase

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — A police officer has been charged for his role in the deaths of two teenagers during the high-speed pursuit of a home invasion suspect in Louisiana.

Officer David Cauthron, who works for the Addis Community Police, was arrested Sunday night, WBRZ-TV reported. He is charged with two counts of negligent homicide and one count of negligent injury, District Attorney Tony Clayton told the station.

It was unclear Monday whether Cauthron had an attorney to speak on his behalf.

Maggie Dunn, 17, and Caroline Gill, 16, were killed when their car was hit by a police cruiser on a highway on Saturday morning. A third person in the car was seriously injured.

At the time, police were pursuing a 24-year-old suspect. The chase began in Baton Rouge when the suspect stole a car after breaking into a house and taking the keys, police said.

During the chase through multiple parishes, Louisiana’s version of the counties, the 24-year-old ran red lights and reached speeds of 110 mph (177 km/h), according to police documents.

As police chased the man through the town of Brusly, an Addis police vehicle rammed into another vehicle, killing the two teenage girls, who were not involved in the robbery, The Advocate reported.

The man drove the stolen car back up the Mississippi River and was apprehended when the vehicle stalled. He will be charged with two counts of manslaughter, as well as home invasion, theft of vehicle and aggravated theft, police said.

On Sunday, Clayton questioned the police decision to pursue the speeding driver and accepted the decision to arrest the officer.

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