August 06, 2007
Port Barre Police Chief dies in crash
Officer Down: David Richard - [Port Barre, Louisiana]
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit
Additional Information: Chief Richard had served as Chief of Police for the Port Barre Police Department for five years.
Incident Details: Chief Richard was killed when he lost control of his vehicle while responding to assist officers with a vehicle pursuit.
Chief Richard was traveling eastbound on U.S. Route 190 when he lost control of his vehicle before he could become involved in the pursuit. Chief Richard’s vehicle left the roadway and struck several trees, ejecting him from the car. He died at the scene of the crash as a result of his injuries.
End of Watch: Sunday, August 5, 2007
La. police chief dies in crash during suspect pursuit
PORT BARRE, La. — A high-speed police chase has claimed the life of Port Barre's (port BEHR'-ee) police chief.
State police Chief David Richard (REE'-shard) was killed last night after attempting to assist his officers in a high-speed pursuit of a suspect.
Troopers say the 54-year-old Richard was traveling eastbound on U.S. Highway 190 when he lost control of his vehicle before he could become involved in the pursuit.
Richard's vehicle ran off the road and slammed into trees, ejecting him from the car.
He died at the scene of the crash as a result of his injuries. Richard was in his fifth year as police chief.
The suspect being chased by Port Barre Police officers fled throughout Saint Landry Parish and into the jurisdiction of state police Troop A, which is in the Baton Rouge area.
The suspect crashed his vehicle in Pointe Coupee (poynt koo-PEE') Parish and then fled on foot. About 4 hours later deputies and troopers arrested 38-year-old Stanley Bernard of Carencro (karen-crow). Bernard is being held in New Roads awaiting transfer back to Saint Landry Parish where he will face charges.
Troopers says the crash that killed Richard is under investigation.
Because of the severity of the collision, it is unknown if Richard was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash.