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Vermont officer killed by car crash. Man charged with manslaughter


RUTLAND, Vt. — A Vermont burglary suspect who led police on a high-speed chase and crashed his truck into two police cruisers, killing a 19-year-old officer and injuring two others, will be arraigned Monday on charges related to the crash, state police said.

Tate Rheaume (age 20) faces charges of grossly negligence operation and attempting elude. Both actions resulted to death. The state police stated that more charges may be brought. The state police did not say if the man was represented by an lawyer.

Jessica Ebbighausen of the Rutland city police department was killed in the afternoon on Friday. State police reported that the crash occurred as police pursued a vehicle being driven by Rheaume. Rheaume was a suspect of an attempted house break-in, according to state police.

Evidence indicates that Rheaume crossed the center line and collided head-on with the Ebbighausen’s cruiser, police said. The suspect’s truck also hit another police cruiser.

Ebbighausen and another officer riding in the passenger’s seat were not wearing seat belts, state police said.

Ebbighausen’s death was confirmed on the spot. The police reported that Rheaume, the other two officers and Ebbighausen were all taken to Rutland regional medical center with injuries. Rheaume transferred to University of…

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