[UPDATE] A Decatur Woman Dies After a Police Chase Turns Deadly

By: Donnitra Gilbert, Jerry Askin Email
By: Donnitra Gilbert, Jerry Askin Email

UPDATED 01-29-2010 at 7:45pm by Jerry Askin

Funeral services were held this afternoon for a Decatur County woman who died in a car crash last Saturday following a police chase.

Hundreds of family, friends and loved ones gathered at the New Hickory Hill Primitive Baptist Church in Leon County to pay their respects to a woman some folks say will never be forgotten.

Friend of the family Leon Robinson says, "She was a very nice girl, she was always sweet, always had a smile, never did anybody wrong. She've always been a very respectful women to me."

Last Saturday 32-year old Latrica Sloan died after her car crashed into a ditch. Authorities say Sloan was trying to avoid a safety checkpoint so a trooper followed her with flashig lights.

Georgia State Patrol says the trooper ultimately used a pit maneuver which causes cars to lose control and stop. And that's when Sloan's car flipped into a ditch on East Griffin Avenue.

Sloan's stepson C.B. Miller says, "It takes a real cruel person to just hit somebody as fast as he was running and just take her life like that - it's just ridicolous."

Many people say Latrica Sloan was a great mother to her children and a hard-working person who lost her life far too soon.

Mustafa Hatim, Sloan's boyfriend says, "She would always try and help the young children. She was very inspirational around kids and teenagers and stuff because she had teenagers."

32-year old Latrica Sloan leaves behind four children between the ages of 4 and 16.

C.B. Miller says, "It's hard when kids lose their mother at an age like that."

There's no official word on whether or not the family plans to take any legal action against Georgia State Patrol for loss of Sloan.

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Updated 1/26 5:22PM

Latricka Sloan's funeral will be three in the afternoon on Saturday 1/29 at New Hickory Hill Primitive Baptist Church in Leon County. WCTV will be in attendance
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Updated 1/25/10 6:30 PM

Saturday night, four children lost their 32-year-old mother Latricka Sloan.

"These types of incidents need to be dealt with and this one I'm sure will be," said Decatur County resident Daughtry Melton.

Sloan died after her car crashed in this ditch. Authorities say she was fleeing the scene of a safety checkpoint. The Georgia State Patrol says the trooper followed Sloan for five miles with lights flashing, down East Griffen Avenue. When Sloan wouldn't stop the officer used the PIT maneuver, which causes a car to come to a complete stop.

"The trooper did not know what was taking place in that vehicle who was driving or anything," said Director of Public Information for Georgia Department of Public Safety Gordy Wright.

To perform the maneuver, law enforcement pull up close to the side of a vehicle, ram their car into the middle of the other vehicle to cause it to come to a complete stop.

"While our agency does have a chase policy it does not include PIT maneuvers."
"The PIT maneuver is one technique included in the pursuit policy as well as rolling road blocks and stop sticks."

PIT maneuver policies vary from agency to agency, some only use it to stop violent or very dangerous offenders and many law enforcement agencies, including the Leon County Sheriff's Office, don't use it at all.

In Sloan's case, she was driving on a suspended license when she tried to avoid troopers. And many believe troopers should not have gone to such extreme measures, unless they knew they were dealing with a violent criminal.

Tallahassee Police and FHP say only police officers who have been trained to do PIT maneuvers, may use the technique.

Here are the PIT maneuver policies for TPD, LCSO and the Florida Highway Patrol:

According to Tallahassee Police Department Spokesman David McCranie:

Only police officers who have been trained to do PIT maneuvers, may do them. The majority of TPD officers have been trained to do PIT maneuvers.

TPD officers must get a supervisor’s permission first to do a PIT maneuver.

TPD only authorizes PIT maneuvers if the suspect is being pursued for a violent forcible felony like rape or murder.

TPD only authorizes PIT maneuvers at speeds of between 25 and 45 miles per hour.

TPD does not allow PIT maneuvers on vehicles with a high center of gravity (pick ups, SUVS, vans, motorcycles) unless deadly force is needed.

Leon County Sheriff’s Office:
According to LCSO Spokesman James McQuaig:

LCSO does not teach or use the PIT maneuver.

It does allow moving roadblocks and ramming of vehicles in certain instances when suspects have committed violent felonies or when use of lethal force is justified.

To read the policy for yourself http://lcso.leonfl.org/public_records/general_orders.asp

Florida Highway Patrol :
Patrol training on the technique.

a. In selecting a location to execute the PIT, members should consider its proximity to:

1) Blind curves.

2) Highway grades and super-elevations.

3) Abutments – bridges, guardrails, barriers.

4) Other traffic.

5) Roadside obstacles – rocks, trees, deep ditches, sign or utility posts, traffic islands or curbs.

6) Freeway ramps.

b. Unless the use of deadly force is justified, members should avoid attempting PIT on:

1) Vehicles where “contact points” cannot be matched, such as, large, heavy vehicles.

2) Vehicles with a high center of gravity, including pickups and campers.

3) Vehicles known to be transporting hazardous materials.

4) Vehicles with flattened tires.

c. PIT will be performed at speeds consistent with training.

d. Whenever practicable, members should obtain supervisory approval prior to initiating PIT. Once approval is obtained the final decision to use the PIT maneuver rests with the pursuing member.

e. Use of the PIT maneuver shall be documented on the appropriate UCR report. NOTE: all vehicle damage, including third party vehicle damage, appropriate vehicle information to include; year, make, VIN, description of injuries, etc. should all be included in the report.

f. A Supervisory Use of Control Report shall be completed any time the PIT is executed.

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"Right now it just feels like a dream and I want to be woke up," said Latricka Sloan's daughter.

16-year-old Breshonda James' nightmare took place Saturday night when her mother 32-year-old Latricka Sloan crashed into this shallow ditch.

"The other morning my sister got up. She usually sleeps with me and she got up looking for my mother and it still hurts so bad that my mother wasn't there," said Breshonda James.

Georgia state troopers say Sloan attempted to avoid a safety check point, so a trooper followed her with lights flashing. GSP said the trooper ultimately had to use a PIT maneuver, which causes the driver to lose control and stop. Sloan's car flipped over into a ditch on East Griffin Avenue. A technique that those who live nearby call unnecessary.

"It could have been someone else in that car, children could have been in the car," said Daughttry B. Melton.

Sloan's wreck took place within miles of her home ... a home where her four children, ages 4 to 16 will now share only memories.

"Everyday when we got off the bus my mom would be at the door asking how our day went and how everything was," said James

Georgia State Patrol said Sloan was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident and had been cited twice before for driving without a license and failing to wear a seat belt. But residents are still outraged.

"It's unacceptable," said Melton.

"The night I heard that she had the accident it just tore me apart. She was my best friend," said Sloan's Aunt Joanne Miller.

Sloan leaves behind these four children and a neighborhood full of unanswered questions.

Sloan's funeral arrangements have not been set.


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  • by friend Location: bristol on Sep 7, 2011 at 06:44 PM
    Im the auntie of one of her children and she was going to get the children food for your info. Papa Charlie I love you babby boy your momma is in a better place dont pay attention to the losers on here
  • by grammar Location: in your face on Feb 3, 2011 at 07:30 AM
    @Wake Up! Ignorant comments coming from the white people? You can tell the black people comments because they're full of mispelled words and improper grammar. Maybe ya'll need to "wake up" and get to class on time and learn to read, write, and spell. Another thing, I'm sick and tired of hearing about how racist white people are. Some of the MOST racist people I have met, have been black people. Shut up about it already.Ya'll make white people racist by screaming racism all the time! 1. In your second sentence, people should be possesive and people's 2. After a period at the end of a sentence it is accepted for there to be two spaces in printed or typed manuscripts. 3. The comma between "met" and "have" is unnecessary Don't brag if you didn't learn English either.
  • by 100%Cop Location: Bainbidge on Feb 2, 2011 at 08:49 PM
    @ Brenda Jones, that lady killed herself, the GSP was doing his job. I hope you get to experience what it is like for a criminal to hurt one of your family members that is the only way you stupid ignorant people will understand that cops are not out to kill people, they are out to protect the innocent and she could have stopped and face the music but instead she put many many lives at risk running at high speeds to keep from getting a ticket. If she would have been home with those kids you say are so important to her, she would not have been running from the police. GET A CLUE
  • by 100%Cop Location: Bainbridge on Feb 2, 2011 at 08:43 PM
    This is at SUE SUE, she wasnt concerned with her 4 children when she left them late one friday night to go do God knows what, and if you are not guilty of something why RUN from the cops??????? She wasnt wearing a seat belt which is another LAW she broke. What I wish for you is that the next idiot that runs from the law run into you and kill one of your family members and I bet you will think different. Or you may be to stupid even for that to make you have sense. Oh if as far as someone supporting her kids, if you check I bet you tax payers like the cops that risk their lives to protect us ARE paying for her kids.
  • by BLACK GIRLS ROCK!! Location: ga on Feb 1, 2011 at 03:44 PM
    @jb I don't know what planet you come from, but it does still exist and I'm glad somebody said it...his spelling wasn't that bad because you still understood and got the point of what he said!!!
  • by BLACK GIRLS ROCK!! Location: GA on Feb 1, 2011 at 03:32 PM
    @Wake Up!!! About time SOMEBODY noticed that!!!!
  • by jb Location: ga on Feb 1, 2011 at 10:50 AM
    @Wake Up! Ignorant comments coming from the white people? You can tell the black people comments because they're full of mispelled words and improper grammar. Maybe ya'll need to "wake up" and get to class on time and learn to read, write, and spell. Another thing, I'm sick and tired of hearing about how racist white people are. Some of the MOST racist people I have met, have been black people. Shut up about it already.Ya'll make white people racist by screaming racism all the time!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 1, 2011 at 06:12 AM
    This is why the racism will never end... " COPS all over target blacks 4 doing wrong. even some of the black officers are brain washed an bully us 2 they r jus tryin 2 win da white mans smile an respect which is all fake cause u stil black. Ga cops are racist trust that!" It was at night when the chase began which means he douldn't easily tell who was driving...white or black. Stop playing the "Black" card and look at the facts. She was running from the law. I do not agree w/ the pit at high speeds either. She didn't deserve to die but that is the chance you take when you willing flee from a law enforcement officer. The only one who is ignorant is you. learn how to spell, learn how NOT to be racist and get your facts straight. Most cops these days are on edge when they pull someone over b/c they never know what they are going to have to face when they get to that car they pulled over. I am sure this officer had no intentions on killing the lady but to you he did.
  • by IM4FSU Location: Tallahassee on Feb 1, 2011 at 03:55 AM
    @ brenda jones & SUE SUE SUE SUE SUE: Yeah, he should have just looked the other way and let her go... maybe to let her drive crazy through your neighborhood around YOUR kids. @ Joe Joe: Who is Wussler? And do you think this distracts from the facts?
  • by WAKE UP! Location: AROUND DA WAY on Jan 31, 2011 at 04:26 PM
    Wake up my people. most of the comments i have read u can tell if their coming from a white person or a black person. most of the ignorant comments are coming from whites because they dont KNOW how it feels to be misstreated my law enforcers when all u have done wrong was be black at the wrong time. COPS all over target blacks 4 doing wrong. even some of the black officers are brain washed an bully us 2 they r jus tryin 2 win da white mans smile an respect which is all fake cause u stil black. THEY DONT CARE ABOUT U WAKE UP! think about it blk people. wen u get pulled over by an over-c-er get it(officer)THEY MAKE U FEEL LIK Uhav killed somone an try to twist your word so they can search your car. Whites never feel that way because the law is on their side. an its nothing 2 fear. how often do u see them big mud bogging trucks pulled over for somthing: never.cause they kno whos drivin.But a nice clean car nice shinney rims we get pulled an interrigated.Ga cops are racist trust that!
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