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New charges announced for suspect in the hit-and-run death of Mentor police officer

Posted: 9:31 AM, Aug 20, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-20 13:40:39-04
New charges announced for suspect in the hit-and-run death of Mentor police officer

The suspect in the hit-and-run death of a Mentor police officer is facing new charges Monday, according to Lake County prosecutors.

Brian Anthony, 24, is facing an aggravated vehicular homicide charge, among other charges brought against Anthony by the Lake County Grand Jury.

Other charges listed in the indictment include:

  • Operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse, or a combination of them
  •  Failing to proceed with due caution, and/or failure to change lanes when approaching a stationary public safety vehicle displaying emergency lights
  • Two counts of failing to stop after an accident

Since his initial charges of leaving the scene of an accident and tampering with evidence were announced, Anthony tested  positive for having heroin , fentanyl and other drugs in his system at the time of the crash, according to the prosecutor.

Prosecutors have dropped his tampering with evidence charge in the wake of his new charges listed above, according to court documents.

Officer Mathew Mazany died in July while conducting a traffic stop on State Route 2. He was standing outside of another police cruiser and began approaching the stopped vehicle when he was struck by a Jeep Wrangler, according to Mentor Police Chief Kevin Knight.

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Officers were able to determine the Jeep they found at the Mentor Lagoons Marina was allegedly driven by Anthony.

Anthony is currently being held in Lake County Jail in lieu of a 10 percent, $750,000 bail set by the Lake County Court of Common Pleas.