Sheriff Sid Gautreaux says a deputy with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office was killed in a crash Thursday morning.
The crash happened on Port Hudson Pride Road between LA 19 and Hwy 964 in Zachary.
During a news conference, Sheriff Gautreaux identified the deputy as 42-year-old Lt. Steven Whitstine who worked in the K9 division. The sheriff said Whitstine was heading to work when the crash occurred.
Gautreaux says the vehicle veered off the roadway and struck a tree and bridge before overturning into a canal. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The deputy’s K9 partner received minor injuries in the crash.
The crash remains under investigation and an autopsy will be performed on Friday morning.
Lt. Whitstine served with the sheriff’s office for 8 years and previously served 9 years with the Baker Police Department.
“My heart breaks for his wife Deputy Elisha Whitstine, their children, his coworkers, and all of those that loved him. Please remember his family in your prayers. We will let you all know as soon as arrangements are made.”