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Officer cleared in chase wreck that killed teen

WESTMINSTER (AP) — A Westminster police officer has been cleared of wrongdoing in a car chase and wreck that killed an Oconee County teen.

The Independent-Mail of Anderson reported that Police Chief Dean Awalt says Officer Lauren Sandberg followed proper procedures in the events leading up to the Nov. 29 crash that killed 14-year-old Jesse Logan Hannah of Seneca.

Highway Patrol Trooper Billy Elder says Hannah and three other teens were traveling on state Highway 24 when a Westminster officer tried to pull them over shortly before 3:30 a.m. just east of Westminster.

Elder says the teens drove off and the officer chased them. The car ran off the road and overturned. Hannah and two 16-year-old males were thrown from the vehicle. A fourth teen in the vehicle was not hurt.

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