Arkansas Police Chief Dies in FL After Hit-and-Run

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- May 5, 2012

Florida Panhandle authorities say additional charges are being considered for the suspect in a hit-and-run crash that fatally injured an Arkansas police chief on vacation.

Lowell, Ark., Mayor Eldon Long said Police Chief Joe Landers died early Friday, a week after the crash in Panama City Beach.

Police say Landers' motorcycle collided with a car that pulled in front of him without signaling. The car left the scene but was later found.

The car's driver already faces charges of leaving the scene with serious injuries and drug possession. Bob Sombathy of the State Attorney's Office tells The News Herald ( ) that the car's driver may also face charges of leaving the scene with death and DUI manslaughter.

Landers had been chief of the Lowell Police Department for 15 years.

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