- Associated Press - Friday, March 1, 2019

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) - A man who struck and killed an Ohio police officer directing traffic and then fled the scene has pleaded guilty to charges.

Twenty-four-year-old Brian Anthony, of Kirtland, entered pleas Friday to aggravated vehicular assault, failing to stop after an accident, operating a vehicle under the influence and failing to change lanes when approaching a safety vehicle.

Authorities say Anthony struck 41-year-old Mentor police officer Mathew Mazany around 1 a.m. June 24 as Mazany assisted with a traffic stop on a Lake County freeway. Anthony surrendered to police later that day.

A Lake County assistant prosecutor said Anthony tested positive for alcohol and heroin.

Defense attorney Hector Martinez said Anthony is remorseful and wants to take “full responsibility” for Mazany’s death.

Sentencing is April 12.

Mentor is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Cleveland

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