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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  • by Michelle Location: Cairo,Ga. on May 5, 2012 at 04:24 PM
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Landers Familty.I send all my love to ya'll.
  • by Anonymous on May 5, 2012 at 03:46 PM
    Hit and run is an extremely cowardly thing to do. Find this worthless piece of scum and put IT away for a V-E-R-Y L-O-N-G time.
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