Bond Denied after Trooper Dies in Car Chase

(IntegrityPress.org) – A man in Georgia was denied bond on February 4th after being charged with murder for the death of a state trooper killed during a police chase he was allegedly involved with.

State Trooper Jimmy Cenescar, 28, was killed when his car flew off Interstate 85 on January 28th and slammed into an embankment outside of Atlanta near Suwanee. Georgia authorities said that Cenescar was in pursuit of a motorcycle after he witnessed a traffic violation. The motorcycle was attempting to flee and Cenescar gave chase.

They announced that Gerson Ayala Rodriquez was arrested and charged with murder, first-degree homicide, and felony fleeing and evasion charges. He was also slapped with reckless driving. Rodriquez doesn’t yet have an attorney.

The suspect “split” two traffic lanes to escape Cenescar’s pursuit. Cenescar had to swerve to avoid causing an accident with innocent travelers. He veered off the road at one point and slid down an embankment before crashing into rocks and trees. He was rushed to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

Gov. Brian Kemp (R) called the arrest the first “step toward justice” for the deceased officer and his family. Cenescar saved a man’s life in 2019 after the individual drove off a bridge and landed on track tracks below. He drove his police vehicle through locked fencing to administer emergency first aid and help extricate the man from the wreck.

Cenescar himself was a legal Haitian immigrant who joined the Georgia Department of Public Safety in 2023.

A news report discussing Cenescar’s rescue of the man featured an interview and body cam footage. Cenescar’s body cam footage shows the moment he used his vehicle as a battering ram to break down a gate so he could complete the rescue. After two failed attempts, the third one allowed him to break through the gate causing superficial damage to his police SUV in the process. He then extricated the man from the crashed vehicle, saving his life.

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