Meriden officer hearing set for today following deadly crash pursuit

A passenger was killed in a stolen crash pursuit in Meriden back in August. (WFSB file photo)

A Meriden police officer is scheduled to have a hearing on Thursday that may determine whether or not he remains on the force.

It comes two months after Officer John Slepski pursued a stolen vehicle that later crashed and killed the passenger inside.

Slepski was put on administrative leave in early September, according to officials. He was also asked to give up his badge and gun for his involvement in the pursuit.

Police said the incident happened on Aug. 19.

At the time, police said they were in pursuit of a suspect vehicle after receiving a complaint about two men "checking" cars in a residential neighborhood.

Slepski was the pursuing officer.

Police said as they arrived, they saw a suspect in a vehicle drive away at a high rate of speed. The driver would later lose control and crash on Maple Avenue.

While the passenger died, the driver fled on foot.

A Sept. 23 letter to Slepski from police Chief Jeffry Cossette stated that Slepski was being placed on administrative leave for his actions.

The letter explained his actions "may have violated department policy," though no specifics were given.

An internal investigation would follow.

Thursday's hearing is considered a pre-termination hearing and is not open to the public.

Police have declined to comment until after the hearing.

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