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The Latest: Driver pleads not guilty in CHP officer’s death

April 10, 2019

MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a motorist charged with killing a California Highway Patrol officer (all times local):

3:40 p.m.

A motorist accused of hitting and killing a California Highway Patrol officer on a freeway shoulder has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise says a Riverside County judge entered the plea on Wednesday for 36-year-old Michael Callahan of Winchester.

Investigators say Callahan was under the influence when he drove along the right shoulder of Interstate 15 Saturday afternoon in Lake Elsinore, southeast of Los Angeles.

His car struck and killed CHP Sgt. Steve Licon, who was writing another motorist a ticket.

Licon, a 27-year veteran of the CHP, died at a hospital.

Callahan had a 2004 misdemeanor DUI conviction and was sentenced to three years of probation.

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10:47 a.m.

A 36-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in the traffic collision death of a California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer last weekend.

The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office says Michael Joseph Callahan of Winchester will be arraigned on the single count Wednesday afternoon at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta.

CHP Sgt. Steve Licon was fatally struck Saturday after pulling over a car on the shoulder of Interstate 15 in Lake Elsinore.

Authorities allege Callahan was driving under the influence of alcohol as he traveled on the highway’s right shoulder, not in traffic lanes.

Callahan had a 2004 misdemeanor DUI conviction and was sentenced to three years of probation.

The DA’s office says he was required to attend classes about the dangers of drinking and driving.