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Former Police Officer Pleads Guilty

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A former Charleston police officer has pled guilty to charges of speeding and failure to operate an emergency vehicle with lights and sirens arising out of an October 2005 car accident in which a motorist was killed. The officer will pay a fine and serve probation as a result of the plea.

At the time of the accident, the officer was providing backup for another officer responding to a domestic violence call. According to reports, the officer was traveling 79 miles per hour in a 40 mile per hour zone without his lights and siren. His cruiser struck the car of a couple on their way to a church function, and the wife was killed as a result of the accident.

The surviving husband also sued the City of Charleston over the accident, and the lawsuit was reportedly settled in July for $1.8 million.