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Man accused of killing Mentor officer in hit-and-run tested positive for fentanyl after arrest

Man accused of killing cop had drugs in system
Posted at 11:35 AM, Jul 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-31 11:35:54-04

The man accused in the hit-and-run death of a Mentor police officer tested positive for having heroin, fentanyl and other drugs in his system at the time of the crash, according to the prosecutor.

Judge John O' Donnell reduced 24-year-old Brian Anthony's previous bond from $1 million to $750,000. 

Anthony is accused of hitting and killing officer Mathew Mazany during a traffic stop on State Route 2. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and tampering with evidence, according to the bailiff.

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Since the charges have been filed and following his arrest, the prosecutor said Anthony had heroin, fentanyl, codeine, ethanol and other derivatives of fentanyl in his urine.

Prosecutors said on Tuesday that they were confident more serious charges, such as aggravated vehicular homicide, would be filed. That charge carries a minimum prison sentence.

If Anthony was to post bond, the conditions are as follows:

  • GPS tracker
  • No driving/consuming alcohol or drugs
  • He is under house arrest
  • Travel restrictions
  • No contact with the victim's family