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Police: Drunk driver kills local officer at traffic stop

10 months 3 weeks 3 days ago July 03, 2016 Jul 3, 2016 Sunday, July 03 2016 July 03, 2016 2:00 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: ApNewsNow

STERLINGTON - Authorities say a drunk driver sideswiped a police car at a traffic stop in northeast Louisiana, killing one officer and injuring two others.

The wreck occurred early Sunday on Highway 165 in Sterlington.

Sterlington Police Chief Barry Bonner says Officer David Elahi was standing next to a patrol car, talking to a woman who had been stopped, when a pickup truck hit him and took off the car doors.

State Trooper Michael Reichardt says 44-year-old Tracy Govan was arrested on charges including vehicular homicide and vehicular negligent injury - killing or injuring someone by driving while drunk.

It was not clear whether the Monroe man has an attorney.

Reichardt says in an email that the other two officers had minor injuries.

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