An initial hearing for a former reserve Nashville police officer charged with two misdemeanors in a police pursuit of a motorcyclist has been postponed.
Leonard Burch, 25, who lives on Pearl Street in Columbus, has been charged in Bartholomew Superior Court 2 with false informing, a Class B misdemeanor, and reckless driving, a Class C misdemeanor, court documents state.
Burch had been summoned to appear by the court for a 10:30 a.m. hearing Thursday before Judge Kitty Coriden but called the court to say he could not appear before Dec. 5. A new hearing was set for 8:30 a.m. Dec. 8.
The probable-cause affidavit filed in Bartholomew Superior Court 2 accuses Burch, who was off-duty, of pursuing 18-year-old motorcyclist Xavier Scrogham, Hope, recklessly at a high rate of speed through Columbus and part of rural Bartholomew County at about 11:36 p.m. Aug. 29.
Scrogham was later found in a field off Sunland Road by a Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputy who was not involved in the crash. Investigators said Scrogham entered a 90-degree left turn on his motorcycle, but went straight instead, hitting a telephone pole guy wire which knocked his helmet off. Scrogham was thrown from the motorcycle and died at the scene, investigators said.
For more on this story, see Friday’s Republic.