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Driver in deadly Newport police chase pleads guilty to murder

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A man charged with murder relating to a police chase that originated in Cincinnati and ended in Newport in from of Press on Monmouth pleaded guilty in Campbell County Circuit Court on Monday in front of Judge Dan Zalla.

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Mason Meyer, 28, pleaded guilty to two counts of murder, two counts of wanton endangerment, fleeing or evading police and criminal mischief.

Cincinnati police released body camera footage showing that Meyer led the chase for 14-minutes. The pursuit started in Lower Price Hill, went through Covington and ended in Newport.

Officers say that it ended when Meyer crashed into the patio of Press on Monmouth in Newport, killing Gayle and Raymond Laible.

Two others were seriously injured.

According to a federal indictment, Meyer was being chased in connection with drug and weapons activity in Newport.

Meyer and the passenger Kirsten Johnson had 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, two loaded handguns, and a loaded rifle with them when the chase happened in July 2020, the indictment says.

When police tried to arrest Meyer, he took off, and the chase ended in the fatal crash.

Family members of the victims filed a lawsuit against law enforcement for not breaking off the chase.

Meyer will be sentenced on Nov. 23 at 9:45 a.m.

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