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Police departments cleared of wrongdoing in deadly car chases
(PROVIDENCE, RI) A statewide grand jury has cleared two Rhode Island police departments of wrongdoing for chases that resulted in fatalities. The grand jury found that Woonsocket police did nothing wrong when they chased a vehicle whose driver refused to stop on June 14th 2012. Police wanted to question 33-year-old Anthony Lescarbeau about why his license plate did not match up with his vehicle. Lescarbeau of North Smithfield, crashed into a tree as he was fleeing the officer. He was pronounced dead at Rhode Island Hospital.
The grand jury also cleared the Warwick Police Department of any wrongdoing in an April Fool’s Day crash that claimed the life of a passenger. Amy Kempe of the Attorney General’s office says the driver, Brandon Borge, was clocked doing more than 90 miles an hour on Route 2. His car crashed into a bridge abutment as he was fleeing police and burst into flames. Borge is charged with drunken driving, death resulting and reckless driving, death resulting.
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