Franklin County Sheriff's Office lieutenant disciplined for chase that led to pedestrian's death


The Franklin County Sheriff's Office has finished its investigation into the February pursuit where 61-year-old Arthur Smith was hit.

Several teens were in a stolen car when a Franklin County Sheriff's Office lieutenant began chasing the car.

The teen driver in that stolen car hit Smith. He died from his injuries this week.

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The sheriff's office said at times the pursuit was going faster than 100 miles per hour.

The sheriff's office says lieutenant was doing routing traffic stops when he spotted the stolen vehicle out of Michigan. Five juveniles, ages 12-16, were arrested.

The sheriff's office said with Smith's passing, they are looking to change the charges to include vehicular homicide.

The sheriff's office reviewed the pursuit and disciplined Lieutenant Ed Schillig. He was given a written warning. Schillig is fighting the discipline.

“The initiation of the pursuit was fine, within policy, however once traffic became heavy and speeds because excessive as they went down the berm, he erred in judgment and should have terminated the pursuit. That's what the chain of command investigation showed, and that's ultimately what the Sheriff rendered in his decision and issued discipline,” said Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jim Gilbert.