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Alabama man killed on Interstate 10 between Sulphur, Vinton

Last Modified: Thursday, October 04, 2012 10:36 AM

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Traffic was halted on Interstate 10 East Wednesday morning after a man arrested during a drug bust was struck and killed by an 18-wheeler as he tried to flee from police, authorities said.

Matthew Quentin Tatum, 27, of Montgomery, Ala., was stopped by narcotics officers on I-10 between Sulphur and Vinton, state police Sgt. James Anderson said.

Officers reportedly found four pounds of marijuana in Tatum’s trunk. Shortly after his arrest, Tatum, his hands cuffed, ran onto the highway and was hit by a truck driven by Charles H. Guidry, 58, of Lake Charles, Anderson said.

Evidence shows that Guidry tried to avoid Tatum, and no charges have been filed against him, police said. Tatum was pronounced dead at the scene, Anderson said.

I-10 East was closed from about 8:30 until 10:30 a.m., he said.

Posted By: Linda On: 10/13/2012

Title: Shoulda Waited

Maybe they would have took the drugs and money if any and sent him on his way. This was common in that area some years back. It was all in the news.

Posted By: Randy On: 10/4/2012

Title: Is it Proper?

Why do narcotics officers stop people on Interstate 10? Are they trained for traffic stops? Do they have rooftop lights? Are the cars marked? Are they in uniform? If they are stopping citizens then do they have dashboard cams?
Over and over I read these articles where narcotics officers stop people and they report that the driver 'begins to act suspiciously'. and searches their car based on that reason. Do these cars have dashboard cams and could this 27 year old have feared he was being attacked by thugs? I am assuming that they were in plain clothes.
I wonder how many cars a day they are stopping and searching? We just get the report of who they arrest or when someone gets killed. I would like the paper to get a definition of what 'began to act suspiciously' means since it appears that everyone these officers stop they report such behavior.

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