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Drug suspect carjacks truck, strikes
and kills highway flagman in escape
[New Orleans, LA]


January 10, 2001
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Drug suspect carjacks truck, strikes
and kills highway flagman in escape
[New Orleans, LA]

PoliceOne Staff Report
(NEW ORLEANS) -- A drug suspect at New Orleans International Airport escaped from officers, vaulted a railing and carjacked a pickup truck with which he struck and killed a highway flagman in his flight, police said.

The Tuesday incident began at approximately 1 p.m. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee told the Associated Press.

The unidentified man was driving the pickup truck at 75 to 80 miles per hour when it slammed into a highway project flagman. The suspect fled the vehicle into nearby woods. The pickup truck is owned by the wife of a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's deputy, Officers were searching for the man on foot, on horseback and in helicopters Tuesday evening, the AP reported.

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