MAYSVILLE, Ky. (FOX 56) — An Ohio police officer has been charged with reckless homicide following an investigation into a fatal Kentucky police chase in March.

On March 12, Caleb Savage, a police officer in Ripley, Ohio, allegedly pursued a vehicle into Kentucky driven by an individual believed to be involved in a property crime.

According to Kentucky State Police, Savage drove for around a mile into Kentucky before attempting to stop the vehicle driven by Ryan Mitchell. Mitchell failed to stop the vehicle, and Savage proceeded to pursue Mitchell onto KY Highway 3056.

After traveling for around two miles on KY 3056, KSP said Mitchell lost control of his vehicle and drove off the roadway. Savage continued driving and returned to Ripley.


Mitchell sustained life-threatening injuries as a result of the collision and was declared dead at the scene by the Mason County Coroner’s Office.

KSP, at the behest of the Mason County Sheriff’s Department, conducted an extensive investigation, which ended with Savage being charged with:

  • Reckless homicide
  • Failure to render aid
  • Leaving the scene of an accident

KSP was assisted in its investigation by the Mason County Sheriff’s Department, the Maysville Police Department, and the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.

According to his obituary, Mitchell was 22 years old.