Deputy riding with felon in high speed chase to be suspended

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Posted: Mar 31, 2017 12:03 PM

NAPOLEONVILLE, La. (AP) — A sheriff's deputy faces discipline for being a passenger in a car driven by a convicted felon who allegedly led a Louisiana State Police trooper on a high-speed chase.

Assumption Parish Sheriff's Commander Lonny Cavalier told The Advocate (http://bit.ly/2oiZdir ) that the deputy, Denzell Wesley, will be suspended without pay.

Cavalier says Wesley was injured on Feb. 1 when the car flipped and crashed after reaching speeds of 100 mph.

Wesley is currently on medical leave, but Cavalier says his 15-day suspension is expected to begin on April 1.

Cavalier says Wesley violated a department policy instructing deputies to avoid regularly associating with convicted felons.

Wesley has worked for the sheriff's office since May 2016.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com