PHOENIX (AP) — A Maricopa County grand jury has indicted a driver in last year’s death of a Salt River police officer who was struck by a car.
Authorities say Jerry Sanstead Jr. is accused of manslaughter in the January 2019 death of Salt River Police Officer Clayton Townsend.
The 42-year-old Sanstead has been summoned to appear in court on Dec. 17.
Townsend was conducting a traffic stop on the Loop 101 freeway when another car hit him and the vehicle he had pulled over.
He was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
Sanstead told authorities he was texting his wife about evening plans right before the crash.