- Associated Press - Monday, November 23, 2015

MEXICO, Mo. (AP) - A 20-year-old northeast Missouri man is facing several charges in the death of a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper.

Serghei Pavel Comerzan of Mexico, Missouri, was charged Monday with second-degree murder, resisting arrest and other counts for an August chase that resulted in the death of trooper James Bava.

Comerzan is jailed on $100,000 bond. A message left with his attorney was not immediately returned.

Bava wrecked his patrol car Aug. 28 after observing a motorcyclist commit a traffic violation and giving chase. Authorities say Comerzan was traveling at 105 mph when the trooper tried to stop him on a highway in Audrain County.

The patrol car left the roadway, struck a ditch, fence and trees, and caught fire.


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