A young police officer from Rutland, Vermont, died in a collision with a suspect who police were pursuing on Friday afternoon. According to the Vermont State Police, Jessica Ebbighausen, 19, began working part-time for the Rutland Police Department on May 23.
Tate Rheaume, 20, was wanted by police for allegedly attempting to break into a house on East Washington Street. Ebbighausen was one of the cops pursuing Rheaume, according to state police. According to state police, Rheaume allegedly ran in his car from a Rutland officer shortly before three o’clock. Ebbighausen was one of the units that responded to offer assistance.
The pursuit continued from East Washington Street to the intersection with Woodstock Avenue. Rheaume is thought to have crossed the center line into the eastbound lanes during the two-mile pursuit and slammed into Officer Ebbighausen’s vehicle. He also struck a different Rutland police car. No one from the pursuing cruiser was hurt in the crash.
Rheaume and the other two Rutland policemen suffered injuries in the crash. The three were all sent to Rutland Regional Medical Center. Officer Ebbighausen’s passenger is still being treated at the hospital. After receiving treatment, the officer who was operating the second eastbound cruiser was released. Rheaume was moved to Burlington’s University of Vermont Medical Center. It is assumed that their wounds are not life-threatening.
The Vermont State Police is looking into how speed and impairment contributed to the crash. Potential charges are being discussed by investigators and the state’s attorney for Rutland County. For at least the next 12 hours, the Vermont State Police and the Department of Fish & Wildlife will serve as the city’s major law enforcement agencies.