Impaired driver strikes and kills police officer on US highway 165

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A Sterlington, La. police officer was killed and two others injured Sunday morning after an impaired driver struck one of their police cars.

It happenend shortly before 5:00 a.m.

State Police troopers say they responded to a fatality crash on US Highway 165 approximately 2 miles south of Louisiana Highway 134 that involved a Sterlington Police Officer.

The initial investigation by State Police revealed three Sterlington Police Officers were conducting a traffic stop on the southbound shoulder of US Hwy 165.

Officer David Elahi was standing between the fog line and the rear of his vehicle interviewing a subject when he was struck by a GMC SUV driven by 44-year-old Tracy Govan of Monroe, LA.

Police say due to Govan being impaired his vehicle crossed the fog line striking Elahi and two other Officers who were also on scene.

Officer Elahi was pronounced dead at the scene by the Ouachita Parish Coroner’s Office.

The other two officers involved were taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

At the time of the crash Govan was determined to be impaired.

Govan was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide, vehicular negligent injury, improper lane usage and failure to move over for emergency vehicle on the shoulder.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Officer Elahi’s family and the Sterlington Police Department during this time of grief,” said Louisiana State Police Superintendent Colonel Mike Edmonson.

“This is a tragedy that could have been avoided.”

This is the second incident in the past two days on Louisiana highways involving a law enforcement officer being struck.

A Louisiana State Trooper was struck on I-55 on Friday and suffered injuries while directing traffic around a stalled vehicle.

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