Top State Official Raising Questions in Deadly Chase

Top State Official Raising Questions in Deadly Chase
Car Driven by Antoine LaDeaux Following Crash Source: Grand Jury

Omaha, NE-A top state official tells News Channel Nebraska she will be looking into a deadly chase and crash involving the Nebraska State Patrol.

Following NCN’s exclusive report detailing the crash that left 32-year-old Antoine LeDeaux dead and his brother complaining about the patrol’s pursuit, the head of the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee, State Sen. Laura Ebke, wants to know if “any additional legislation is necessary to address these circumstances in the future.”

As NCN first reported the chase—recorded on the trooper’s in-car camera—  reached speeds estimated at 80 miles an hour before the victim’s car flipped several times raising questions about a little used police technique known as tactical vehicle intervention or TVI.

Because LaDeaux technically died in police custody the case wound up before a Sheridan County Grand Jury which heard evidence that LaDeaux was not wearing a seat belt, was driving drunk— nearly three times the legal limit— with some marijuana in his system.

In the end the 16-member grand jury—after deliberating no more than 35 minutes—concluded there was “no criminal conduct on the part of any individual” and no charges were filed.

At the same time though largely due to the trooper’s contradictory explanation of what happened that night along with the arguably curious testimony of the patrol’s TVI expert, some members of the grand jury had their share of questions as did the Sheridan County Attorney.

Sen. Ebke tells News Channel Nebraska, “Based on the findings of the grand jury, and the reports of the State Patrol, it appears that the protocols of the Patrol were followed in this unfortunate incident. I’m sure those of us on the Judiciary Committee will continue to monitor the after-effects and will consult with Colonel Rice (the head of the State Patrol) and others.”

To view NCN’s full report click here.

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