Shelby County deputy fired over fatal truck crash - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Lori Brown

Shelby County deputy fired over fatal truck crash

Authorities have fired a sheriff's deputy accused of lying about a pickup-truck crash that killed a 23-year-old Memphis man.

The Shelby County Sheriff's Department issued a statement Tuesday saying former Deputy Alvin Dortch was fired for breaking departmental rules. The statement said one of those rules involved the discharge of a firearm.

Dortch told authorities he was following a pickup truck on suspicion of a traffic violation when it ran off an interstate highway and overturned on June 29 on the outskirts of Memphis. Ignacio Arcos, the driver of the truck, was killed in the crash.

In an interview Tuesday, Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell said maintaining the public's trust was important.

"If the public doesn't trust us to uphold the law, then it's difficult for them to trust us to keep them safe," he said.  "So when we do have situations like this, we need to get out there quickly and admit errors, and take corrective action.

Investigators said Dortch's incident report did not match with events recorded by his cruiser's video camera.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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