DA Clears Trooper in Man's Fall from Overpass

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Clark County's top prosecutor has cleared a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper who was chasing a man who suspect fell to his death from a Las Vegas overpass last September.

District Attorney Steve Wolfson announced Monday that Trooper Nicholas Montgomery acted "reasonably and lawfully" in the incident that left 29-year-old Alejandro Sanchez-Escoto dead.

Wolfson says Sanchez-Escoto ignored Montgomery's orders to stop and jumped construction barriers before falling 26 feet into traffic on Sept. 7, 2012.

Wolfson says an autopsy showed Sanchez-Escoto had methamphetamine in his system.

Officials say the trooper was trying to approach Sanchez-Escoto after motorists reported he was walking in the roadway.

Family members previously told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Sanchez-Escoto wasn't suicidal, but may have been evading the trooper because he feared deportation.

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