Former Fla. deputy cleared in pursuit crash

The officer was pursuing a car without lights or sirens activated


The Ledger

LAKELAND, Fla. — A 15-month FDLE investigation has cleared the Polk County Sheriff's Office and a former deputy of responsibility in a fatal 2002 crash.

In a report released Wednesday, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said former Sgt. Scott Lawson was not responsible for the crash that killed a Polk County teenager. Lawson was pursuing the car on a dark and curvy road in his unmarked car, without lights or sirens activated.

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