Suspects in deadly Newport police chase appear in court

Suspects arrested after deadly Newport police chase appear in court

NEWPORT, Ky. (FOX19) - The daughter of a couple killed in a police chase from Cincinnati across the Ohio River into Newport sat and watched Thursday as the two suspects appeared in court.

Angela Laible, the daughter of Gayle and Raymond Laible, became choked up as she sat listening to Thursday’s hearing.

Mason Meyer, 28, is facing two counts of murder, two counts of endangerment, and one count of fleeing and evading, according to a criminal complaint filed in Campbell County court.

Meyer was under surveillance in connection with drug and weapons activity in Newport, per the complaint.

On Aug. 7, Meyer was seen driving away so Cincinnati Police and ATF agents tried pulling him over.

Meyer didn’t stop and a chase began, eventually going over the bridge and into the intersection of Fifth and Monmouth Street, according to police.

While driving at excessive speeds, police said Meyer’s vehicle drove onto the sidewalk in front of the Press on Monmouth.

Outside the restaurant sat Gayle and Raymond.

Meyer’s vehicle hit the couple, which resulted in their deaths, according to police.

Detective Scott Wiggins said he has interviewed Meyer twice since his arrest.

Meyer claimed he had tremors while driving and even pulled the emergency brake before hitting the couple, Wiggins explained.

Kristen Johnson, who was in the car with him, waived her right in court Thursday to a preliminary hearing.

Now, the case will go before a grand jury for possible indictment.

The date is not yet set.

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