Family: No need for chase that killed two including H.S. principal

BREWTON, Ala. (AP) - The police chief in Brewton says an officer slowed down while giving chase to a driver who collided head-on at high speed with another car, killing himself and T. R. Miller High School Principal Donald Rotch.

Police Chief Monte McGougin says an officer responding to a domestic violence situation was pursuing Reid. The chief says that when the officer approached, Reid started running, and the pursuit ended with a high-speed chase on U.S. Highway 31.

The family of the driver being chased, Martin Reid, 39, questioned the need for the pursuit that led to the two deaths Wednesday evening.

Reid's family members said a woman had gotten out of Reid's car as he drove off during an argument with her and there was no emergency that required the police officer to chase Reid.

Chief McGougin said the officer, who is on paid administrative leave, followed procedures, and was taking the death of the principal hard.

Rotch came to T.R. Miller in 1974 and served as an athletic coach, driver's education teacher and assistant principal and was appointed principal several years ago.

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