Officer convicted of vehicular homicide in off-duty crash

June 18, 2018 - 4:16 pm

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A jury has convicted a northwestern Pennsylvania police officer of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence in a fatal off-duty crash last year.

Jurors deliberated for about two hours Monday before convicting 47-year-old Erie officer Cheryl Frey of that charge as well as aggravated assault by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter.

Investigators say Frey's blood-alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit when she crossed into oncoming traffic in February 2017 and hit another vehicle, killing 57-year-old Wade Schulze.

Frey's lawyer acknowledged that she was intoxicated but said a third vehicle involved in the crash caused the victim's death.

Frey, who had agreed to but later rejected a plea bargain, will be sentenced Aug. 1. She has been suspended without pay from the police force.

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Information from: Erie Times-News, http://www.goerie.com

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