Five officers disciplined in chase and four-car crash

CANTON, Ohio (AP) - Five suburban police officers were disciplined for their parts in a 100 mph chase that ended in a four-car crash.
The disciplines announced Wednesday in Jackson Township included a reprimand and less serious warnings. Township trustees will decide whether to demote or suspend the highest-ranking officer involved, a sergeant.
Chief Harley Neftzer said he believed all six officers violated department policy and put their lives and the lives of others in danger.
Thomas D. Nicholson, 46, the Canton man who prompted the chase, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Stark County Common Pleas Court to aggravated vehicular assault and other charges. He was sentenced to four years in prison.
Nicholson called police on June 11 and said he was going to kill a man who threatened a friend. The chase through several communities in Stark and Summit counties ended in Canton with a four-vehicle accident.
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