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New Middletown officer’s pursuit violated policy

Published: Sat, July 21, 2012 @ 12:05 a.m.

Staff report

New middletown

The village police officer involved in a pursuit last week violated the police department’s policy.

Paul Frazzini received a “corrective action” because of the policy violation. He was instructed to review the department’s pursuit policy.

Chief Vincent D’Egidio said that according to the police, an officer in a pursuit should slow down or stop at intersections with either stop signs or traffic lights as a safety precaution. After reviewing the dashboard camera from a Springfield Township cruiser, the department determined that Frazzini didn’t slow at the intersection of Middletown and Unity roads during the early part of the pursuit.

Frazzini began following the car driven by Daniel Khawli, 24, of Austintown, after seeing Khawli speeding on state Route 170. The officer called off the chase after losing sight of Khawli’s vehicle near Evans Lake.

Khawli died a short time later after crashing into a utility pole and a church sign at the five points intersection.

D’Egidio said he took the opportunity to refresh all officers on safe driving during emergencies, and Sgt. Charles Van Dyke of the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office will instruct the class for village police officers.

The department also will buy a driving program from the National Safety Council to use as an annual update.


1southsidedave(4956 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Thankfully no innocent citizens died as a result...

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2Diebold2000(38 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

This is a tragedy gone bad. A seminar and course correction that is it? Every citizen in New Middletown and Springfield should be calling for this officer's job.Watch the video, this officer has no regard for public safety what-so-ever. The STPD officer was within 50 feet of this intersection when the NMPD came blowing through.This same intersection was the site of a fatality just four days earlier. I go through New Middletown every morning and I have watched this officer do the same disregard in pursuing many citizens on their way to work so they can pay taxes to support this type of over zealousness. I believe this is the same officer who was given an award for somethin earlier this month. Many times in the morning or in the night these same NMPD stop cars in very bad stretches of 170 such as in bends and over blind spots that put the public in unsafe conditions.
If I am Chief Mohn of STPD, I am absolutely livid at this aggressive behavior knowing that this could have resulted in his officer's own fatality if he were a mere 50 feet further on Unity. Everyone knows the victim being pursued was wrong, dead wrong, but this behavior of the NMPD officer is totally inexcusable. This is a terminal offense if they terminated an officer in 2009 that was too aggressive and did not follow proper procedures. NO video or safe driving seminar can correct this IMO. How could this officer not know that the intersection of Unity and Middletown is a VERY DANGEROUS if not the most dangerous in the township. Again just four days earlier a fatality occurred at this intersection. Then the NMPD chief on the day of the accident tells reporters that his officer followed protocol, really? Probably never thought about the dash cam on the STPD cruiser! Lesson learned here and the next time just say there is a investigation pending AND NO COMMENT CHIEF. There is much more to be done here besides a video and seminar Chief. you are a good man don't stop here.

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3taylort(3 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Is this the same officer citizens had been informally complaining about to cheif Digidio for harassing people and not following policy and procedure? Please tell me its not. Many people were concerned and voiced there concerns about the dangers that could occur if this officer were not dealt with. My condolences to the family of the victim. Whether or not this young man was planning on hurting himself had nothing to do with this officer not following procedure which led to the death of s person being chased in hot pursuit for speeding and s broken taillight. It its a miracle innocent people were not injured in this pursuit. The chief of police originally backed his officer up. The fact that a knife was later found had nothing to-do the actions of this officer. The chef said the driver had tattoos. So having tattoos makes you a potentially dangerous person? Ifthis officer

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4Diebold2000(38 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Maybe you know nothing about what has been going on involving this stretch of roadway or the officer involved. I guess if you did you would shut up.
As for personal agenda, I have a clean driving record, never been stopped by either PDs but I have witnessed this individual many times operate a public vehicle with total disregard for the safety of those driving.
I guess the Vindy has made you with your 411 comments a site monitor, congratulations!

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