Police Officer Arrested After High-Speed Chase Led To Crash That Left Two High School Cheerleaders Dead

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A Louisiana police officer is behind bars after crashing into a vehicle, during a high-speed chase, that left two high school cheerleaders dead, NY Post reported.  

Officer David Cauthron, 42, of the Addis police force, was taken into custody Sunday after ramming his patrol car into an unrelated vehicle which led to the death of Maggie Dunn, 17, and Caroline Gill, 15. Maggie’s brother Liam Dunn, was also

“critically injured”

from the crash. 

According to the outlet, Cauthron was in a high-speed pursuit of 24-year-old Tyquel Zanders, during the time of the crash. Zanders is accused of stealing a family member’s vehicle. Sources told the news station that Cauthron’s car was going 86 miles per hour at the time of the crash and no brakes were applied before impact. Witnesses said Cauthron also ran the red light when he reached the intersection, according to the news station.

Cauthron was charged with two counts of negligent homicide and one count of negligent injuring reports state. Zanders, who was later apprehended when his car stopped, will also face charges of manslaughter in the deaths of the two girls in addition to the charges linked to the car theft, according to the West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, the newspaper reported.

“For these kids to not to have been able to start the New Year is inexcusable, but we’ll follow the facts first,”

District Attorney Tony told the new station, adding that Cauthron

“has a lot of questions to answer pertaining to his speed and sheer negligence.”

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