Investigators seek to learn motive for high speed chase, suicide
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — LSU Police say the chase that backed up rush hour traffic yesterday is still under investigation.
They’re still looking into why Steven Sanchez, 28, took authorities on a high speed chase Thursday afternoon before taking his own life. People in the community ask, “What was his motive?”
“We really cannot speculate about that at this point,” Cpt. Cory Lalonde, LSU Police Department, explained. “Obviously we want to do everything we can to figure out why this incident took place. We’re still going through all the evidence and trying to figure out why.”
LSU Police say Sanchez smashed though a gate on LSU's campus and eventually crashed at the Essen lane exit. No one else was injured in the chase. However, responding officers do believe he had intention to do harm during at least one point of the chase.
“At one point he swerved directly in the path of pedestrians in the area,” Cpt. Lalonde, said. “The responding officer said it looked as though he did it intentionally.”
Fortunately, no civilian or officer was injured in the nearly hour long pursuit.
“We were happy with the level of coordination with the agencies in this case and bring this to an end where no innocent civilians were hurt and no officers were hurt,” Cpt. Lalonde, noted.
Investigators hope to release more information sometime next week.