UPLANDS PARK, Mo. (AP) – A judge acquitted an auxiliary police officer in a St. Louis County village of charges that he was not licensed to act as a police officer when he chased a speeding car that caused a fatal accident.

The judge ruled Friday that Lamont Aikens of Uplands Park was doing what he was told to do when he chased the car into St. Louis in December 2009. That car hit another vehicle, killing 34-year-old Lashanna Snipes.

Aikens testified that he believed he had full police powers when following orders from a licensed officer.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/10ZtFfh ) that in June 2010, a St. Louis jury returned a $3.1 million verdict against Uplands Park for Snipes’ death.

Another officer facing the same charges accepted a plea deal in the case.

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