Ohio cop faces homicide charge for KY prosecution

An Ohio police officer has been charged with reckless homicide after he allegedly chased a suspect in Kentucky and then fled when the man crashed. The suspect died of injuries sustained in the collision.

Kentucky State Police said Caleb Savage, an officer with the Ripley, Ohio, police department, began following Ryan Mitchell on March 12 as Savage attempted to locate a vehicle “suspected of be involved in a property crime,” according to a press release.

Savage saw Mitchell driving a Dodge Charger and riding up the ramp to the bridge toward Kentucky. State police say Savage drove about a mile into Kentucky and then activated his emergency equipment to try to arrest Mitchell, but Mitchell did not stop.

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The chase continued for about two miles on Ky. 3056 before Mitchell lost control and the Charger crashed into the right side of the road, state police said.

“Officer Savage continued on KY 3056 and returned to Ripley, Ohio,” the press release read.

The Mason County Coroner’s Office pronounced Mitchell dead at the scene.

State police say Savage was indicted by a Mason County grand jury for reckless homicide, failure to help and leaving the scene of an accident.

State Police said the Mason County Sheriff contacted them for help with the investigation on March 15, and State Police said they conducted a “thorough investigation” with the help from the Sheriff’s Office, Maysville Police and the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.


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