UPDATE: Officers in fatal chase, crash followed protocol

By Sara Gouedy - bio | email



During a press conference on Thursday, Assistant Police Chief Vincent Demasi said two officers involved in a fatal chase and crash did follow protocol.

The officers, Jeffrey Zucker, an 8-year veteran, and Lesley Childress, a 4-year veteran, have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard.

Lt. Demasi said the officers attempted to pull over Buster Baldwin, 18, for failure to use a turn signal, and Baldwin took off.

Further investigation revealed Baldwin did not have a drivers license and had never applied for one. He was also involved in a chase in 2007.


A teenager is dead following a police chase and crash.

It happened in the 500 block of Martin Luther King Drive just after 4 p.m. on  Wednesday.

Police say District 2 officers attempted to stop a 1992 Chevy Cavalier for a traffic violation on Madison St. near Hackberry Street.

The operator of the vehicle, Buster Baldwin, 18, of Mount Auburn, disregarded the police signal to stop and continued westbound on Martin Luther King at a high rate of speed. Baldwin failed to control the vehicle, going off the road and striking a tree and a chain link fence. The car then caught fire.

Baldwin was entrapped in the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say he was not wearing a seat belt.

Police say it's unclear why Baldwin was running.

"If it's a simple traffic violation, even if it's a stolen car or whatever it is, look at the risk you are posing to yourself as well as other citizens," said Chief Tom Streicher. "That's something that people need to think about."

The Traffic Unit is continuing an investigation. Any witnesses should call 513-352-2514.