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Innocent man killed after police chase through Baton Rouge ended in violent crash
BATON ROUGE - A man was killed after a car being pursued by police slammed into his truck at an intersection late Wednesday night.
The Baton Rouge Police Department said the pursuit happened around midnight after a car refused to pull over for officers following a traffic violation on Florida Boulevard near North Acadian Thruway. Police chased the vehicle, a 2016 Nissan Altima, until the car collided with a pickup truck at the intersection of North Acadian Thruway and Fairfields Avenue.
The driver of the pickup truck, 56-year-old Victor Duncan, was taken to a hospital and later died from his injuries. The driver of the car that fled, an unidentified 22-year-old, was also taken to a hospital with serious injuries.
WBRZ has asked BRPD for the identity of the driver who fled from police. The department said officers were trying to stop the suspect over faulty equipment on the vehicle.
No other details about the chase were immediately available.
The mayor's office released the following statement Thursday afternoon.
I have requested a full report from BRPD about what led to last night's pursuit and what can be done to prevent future tragedies. Pursuits should only occur when absolutely necessary and they should not put the public at an unnecessary risk. I ask everyone to please keep Mr. Duncan’s family and loved ones in their thoughts and prayers.
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