Charges filed against former Sikeston police officer

Thursday, May 21, 2020
Andrew Cooper

SIKESTON — A former Sikeston police officer has been formally charged for his alleged involvement in a February fatal in Scott County.

Andrew J. Cooper, 47, a captain with Sikeston Department of Public Safety who resigned early this month, faces charges in the Feb. 29 crash that killed a 22-year-old Sikeston woman and seriously injured four others, including himself.

According to online court records, Special Prosecuting Attorney Stephanie Watson of Jefferson City, Mo., filed on Wednesday the following charges against Cooper: one Class B felony count of driving while intoxicated and causing a death, one unclassified felony count of armed criminal action and three Class D felony counts of driving while intoxicated and causing serious physical injury.

The fatal crash occurred in the intersection of East Salcedo Road and Columbine Street in Sikeston, and the charges filed by Watson said Cooper acted with criminal negligence by speeding and failing to stop at a stop sign. The street has a posted speed limit of 45 miles per hour.

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