Benton officer shocked trying to protect driver

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The patrol car of Benton Police Officer damaged by utility line on Hwy. 3. (Source: Benton PD)

A Benton police officer was electrocuted by a power line early Saturday morning while attempting to stop a driver.

The incident occurred in the 6200 block of La. Hwy. 3 on Saturday, Jan. 11.

Officer Larandle Taylor arrived on scene, located the down utility line, and began blocking the road with his patrol unit.

Several minutes later, a pickup truck turned north bound onto Hwy 3 from Burt Blvd. As the vehicle approached the down utility line, Officer Taylor exited his patrol unit in attempt to stop the oncoming pickup truck.

The pickup truck continued north bound hitting the utility line causing the line to become tangled with the truck. The utility line was whipped around, striking Officer Taylor’s patrol unit, and striking Officer Taylor.

Officer Taylor was electrocuted during the incident, receiving injuries to both legs, and both arms.

Officer Taylor was transported to Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport for treatment and observation. Officer Taylor is in good condition

The officer was transported to a nearby hospital and received treatment on both legs and arms.