On September 30, 2009, Genesee County Sheriff Deputy Rick Bennett violated a protective order his ex-wife had against him. Deputy Bennett went to his ex-wife's residence and apparently caused damage to her vehicle. When police questioned Bennett about allegedly slashing his ex's tires and busting out the vehicle’s windows, Bennett took off in his vehicle. He led the police officers on a high-speed chase, which ended when Bennett lost control of his vehicle. Bennett was killed in the car accident.
Officer Rick Bennett dies after police chase following domestic with ex-wife
Off-Duty Sergeant Killed After Leading Police On High-Speed Chase
Police Say Domestic Dispute Escalated Into Chase
WNEM- CHANNEL 5 NEWS
POSTED: 12:15 pm EDT October 1, 2009
UPDATED: 7:06 pm EDT October 1, 2009
GENESEE COUNTY, Mich. -- Genesee County authorities have confirmed the death of an off-duty sheriff’s sergeant.
The situation started at a Durand apartment complex where Bennett’s wife Leslie lived with their two sons.
The couple was eight months into divorce proceedings and a no-contact order had been issued between them.
Police said the situation degraded when officers started questioning Bennett for allegedly slashing Leslie’s tires and busting out the vehicle’s windows.
Bennett then fled the complex, hit a police car on Lansing Road and the chase began.
Leading police from Shiawassee County, police said he hit speeds of up to 100 mph.
Officers from five police departments were in hot pursuit and chased him into Genesee County.
While exiting U.S.23 at North Road, Bennett’s pickup rolled over six times.
Officers tried to give Bennett CPR but he did not survive.
The bumper and first aid materials are still visible next to the road.
The impact and spinning forces knocked Bennett out of his shoes and parts of his 2002 GMC still litter a grassy area off the exit ramp.
Bennett had been with the sheriff's office for about 11 years and was the grandson of former Flint Mayor Don Williamson.
Pickell said the incident was out of character for Bennett.
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