Cop who drove away when suspect he was pursuing got into a fatal car crash is charged with reckless homicide

An Ohio police officer has been indicted after he engaged a suspect in a high speed chase and crossed state lines, only to drive away when the suspect was involved in a fatal crash, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

Caleb Savage, who was an officer with the Ripley Police Department, began a pursuit with Ryan Mitchell on March 12 after receiving a report on a vehicle that was “suspected to be involved in a property crime.” Savage saw Mitchell driving a Dodge Charger while heading into Kentucky and turned on his lights to initiate a stop, but Mitchell kept going.

As the chase continued about two miles into Kentucky, Mitchell lost control, crashed into the side of the road, and was killed. Instead of stopping to help, Savage drove away.

Kentucky State Police confirmed that Savage was charged because he did not call for help after the crash or stop to check on Mitchell. Savage allegedly drove back to Ripley, Ohio.

The Ripley Police Department stated that Savage has since resigned.

He has been charged with reckless homicide, failure to render aid, and leaving the scene of an accident.

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