Officer Involved In Fatal Crash Fired in West Memphis

WEST MEMPHIS, AR - A West Memphis police officer who was involved in a wreck fatal to a 16-year-old driver has been fired for unrelated reasons. Chief Bob Paudert says that Officer James Wright was fired because photos of Wright pointing a gun at the camera began circulating at the police department. Paudert says an investigation found that Wright took the photos while on duty and that the gun was unloaded. The Arkansas State Police found that Wright was using his lights and siren as he sped to help another officer and fatally struck Brittney Sitzes who had pulled into his path. The teen died at a hospital a day after the February 21st crash. Her 9-year-old sister was also in the car and was injured. Paudert says Wright had been written up several times since Wright joined the department in late 2005.

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