A former reserve Nashville police officer has pleaded guilty in to a misdemeanor charge of False Informing. Our news-gathering partners at “The Republic” are reporting that 25-year-old Leonard Burch, of Indianapolis, entered the guilty plea in Bartholomew Superior Court 2 as part of a plea bargain agreement that called for a charge of reckless driving to be dismissed. The case revolved around the August 29, 2016 pursuit of 18-year-old Xavier Scrogham, of Hope, which ended in Scrogham’s death after he crashed his motorcycle.
According to the paper, Burch admitted that he initiated the pursuit of Scrogham near U.S. 31 and Lowell Road and called 911 on a cell phone, telling dispatchers that the motorcycle had passed Burch going 120 mph, a statement he knew to be false. The report says that Burch was given a 180 day suspended sentence and placed on probation for 180 days.
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