Ville Platte Man Killed in Crash After Fleeing Traffic Stop

EVANGELINE PARISH, La. (KPEL News) – A man from Ville Platte died in a fatal crash after refusing to stop for Ville Platt police.

Gary Macneil Sims, 41, of Ville Platte, was driving a 2004 Toyota Camry believed to have belonged to a woman who had reported hers being taken without permission. When the police tried to stop, Sims sped off and the police began a pursuit.

Louisiana State Police car

Photo courtesy of LSP

According to the Louisiana State Police, the Camry exited LA 10 near Pelican Road. Sims lost control of the vehicle, which rolled over several times before crashing into a utility pole.

Sims was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident and was thrown from the vehicle. However, due to the extent of his injuries, a toxicological study could not be carried out.

The crash is being investigated by State Police Force I.

In all, Troop I investigated 48 fatal crashes, resulting in 54 deaths this year.

The full press release from Troop I can be found here.

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