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Officers Won't Be Charged After Deadly Police Chase

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Wicomico State's Attorney Matthew Maciarello speaks during a Wednesday press conference held at the Salisbury Police Department. (Photo: WBOC) Wicomico State's Attorney Matthew Maciarello speaks during a Wednesday press conference held at the Salisbury Police Department. (Photo: WBOC)
Jorgens Sydney Jorgens Sydney

SALISBURY, Md.- Fifteen-year-old Jorgens Sydney was killed when the car he was driving struck a utility pole on Camden Avenue in Salisbury on March 7. Jorgens was an unlicensed driver and was being pursued by police after officers noticed erratic driving from the maroon Ford Contour.  After an investigation into the incident, the State's Attorney for Wicomico County has decided to not press charges against the officers.

Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan said the officers were correct in pursuing Sydney about two weeks ago.

"During this incident, the officers detected numerous traffic violations that led those officers to believe the operator of this particular vehicle, the Ford Contour, may possibly be operating the vehicle in an impaired manner and therefore posing a risk to public safety," Duncan said.

The officers involved were Cpl. Richard Engle, Officer Timothy Robinson and Pfc. Joseph Burt. Wicomico State's Attorney Matthew Maciarello said Wednesday that all three officers acted professional in that chase that ended in Sydney's death.

"Probable cause does not exist to charge these officers with manslaughter by motor vehicle, reckless endangerment, reckless driving or negligent driving," Maciarello said.

WBOC spoke to Leopald Sydney, the uncle of Jorgens, after the news of the officers' fate was released.  He said that he did not think the officers deserved punishment and that he just misses spending time with his nephew.

The Salisbury Police Department is continuing its own internal investigation into the matter and asks that any witnesses of the chase or crash come forward with information.

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