Man fleeing from deputy dies when truck slams into tree

A chase ensued after an attempt was made to stop the motorist for driving with no headlights, authorities say

Man fleeing from deputy dies when truck slams into tree
A man died when his truck slammed into a tree while he was fleeing from a Caddo sheriff's deputy sometime between 10:30 p.m. and 10:36 p.m. Feb. 13. (Source: Cody Jennings/KSLA News 12)

CADDO PARISH, La. (KSLA) — Authorities have identified the man who died when he crashed a truck Thursday night while fleeing from a Caddo Parish sheriff’s deputy.

Scotty L. Sepulvado, 44, of Caddo Parish, was positively identified through fingerprints.

(Source: Cody Jennings/KSLA News 12)

The accident happened sometime between a traffic violation reported at 10:30 p.m. and a medical emergency reported at 10:36 p.m., Caddo 911 dispatch records show.

The deputy was on patrol near Colquitt and Walker roads when an attempt was made to stop Sepulvado for driving without headlights, the Sheriff’s Office reports.

Instead, Sepulvado fled, pulling in and out of traffic and opening the driver’s side door along the way.

The truck ran off the roadway and hit a tree on Cedar Creek Drive near Bushnell Lane, authorities say.

Sepulvado was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Dexter White said the vehicle had switched license plates. Deputies also reported finding drugs and weapons in the truck.

The crash remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.

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