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March 21, 2006
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Nevada trooper charged with reckless driving, manslaughter

The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS- A state trooper was charged Monday with nine felony counts of reckless driving and involuntary manslaughter in a crash that killed four people.

Trooper Joshua Corcran was driving 113 mph on Interstate 15 when his cruiser slammed into a car on Feb. 19 as he rushed home for dinner, police said. The posted speed limit was 65 mph.

Corcran's lawyer, Steve Wolfson, said his client would appear in court Tuesday to answer the charges.

"His career is at stake. His livelihood is at stake," Wolfson said. "Of course he is disappointed."

According to a police report, the trooper said he had just responded to an accident.

But neither his emergency lights nor siren were activated, and he did not contact his dispatcher to say he was involved in a high-speed chase or was responding to an emergency call, the report said.

Corcran, a five-year veteran of the Nevada Highway Patrol, was treated for broken bones, cuts and bruises. He was placed on paid medical leave after the accident.

Wolfson has said an investigation should show the crash was a tragic accident.

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