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Driver charged in deadly hit-skip of Cleveland police officer held on $500K bond

Posted at 1:15 PM, Jan 24, 2017

The man charged in the death of a Cleveland police officer who was struck on Interstate 90 Tuesday morning was being held on a $500,000 bond. 

Israel Alvarez, 44, is facing charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and felony hit-skip in the death of Officer David Fahey.

Alvarez appeared in Cleveland Municipal Court wearing a red T-shirt and plaid pants with his hands and feet shackled. He stood quietly with his head bowed and hands covering his face. 

Judge Janet Rath Colaluca ordered Alvarez to be held on a $500,000 bond and set his next court date for Feb. 1. 

Police, deputies and other law enforcement blocked off and lined East 31st Street in Lorain to arrest Alvarez Tuesday. Many of them in full gear, all of them waiting on warrants after finding the white Camry, used in the hit and run, in a driveway there earlier that morning. 

"They happened on the vehicle. They found the vehicle up in the driveway," Cleveland Police Union President, Steve Loomis, told News 5. 

Alvarez eventually came on his own with his hands up. The handcuffs secured on his wrists were cuffs that hung on Cleveland Police officer David Fahey's belt. 

"It means a lot to law enforcement and family that the suspect, the alleged suspect, not even alleged, was placed in Dave's handcuffs," Loomis said. 

Officer David Fahey, 39, was hit by a car and killed while laying flares along Interstate 90 early Tuesday. He was hired on July 1, 2014, and assigned to the first district.

The white Camry Alvarez was driving when police say he hit Fahey was wrapped in a blue tarp and towed away.