Former Sikeston Police Officer Pleads Not Guilty to Charges Related to February Crash

A former officer charged in a deadly DUI crash pleaded not guilty on Tuesday. Andrew Cooper waived a formal arraignment and entered a not guilty plea. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for August 26. Police say Cooper turned himself in at the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Office late on Friday evening, May 22. His bond was set at $25,000 and he bonded out. He was ordered to not drive, not have contact with the victims, no alcohol, no entering bars or taverns and GPS monitoring as a condition of release. He faces multiple driving while in intoxicated charges, including death of another and a charge of armed criminal action. Police say Cooper was behind the wheel of a vehicle on February 29, 2020 when it went through a stop sign and crashed into another vehicle head on. A Sikeston woman died in the crash. Cooper and three others were seriously hurt. The husband of the woman killed in the crash filed a wrongful death civil lawsuit against Cooper. Court records show Christopher Cohen filed the suit in March, and is asking for a jury trial.

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