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WOONSOCKET â€” A Providence County grand jury has determined that city police officers broke no law last spring when they engaged in a high-speed motor vehicle chase in pursuit of Anthony Lescarbeau, who died in an ensuing crash.
The grand jury completed its investigation into the circumstances surrounding Lescarbeauâ€™s death Thursday, concluding that â€śthe actions of the officers were legally justified,â€ť Attorney General Peter Kilmartinâ€™s office said in a statement.
Reacting to the decision, Police Chief Thomas Carey called Lescarbeauâ€™s death â€śunfortunate,â€ť but he said that based on a still-open internal affairs investigation of the incident, â€śI canâ€™t say Iâ€™m surprised by the grand juryâ€™s decision.â€ť
Lescarbeau, 33, of North Smithfield, crashed his 1986 Ford Mustang into a tree near Grove and Blakely streets on June 14 after fleeing from a routine motor vehicle stop moments earlier.
He was later airlifted to Rhode Island Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
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