Serghei P. Comerzan

Serghei P. Comerzan


Trooper James Matthew Bava

Trooper James Matthew Bava

UPDATE: (12/18/2015 9:30 a.m.) In an Audrain County Courtroom, Thursday, December 17, 2015, Comerzan plead not guilty to charges of second degree murder, resisting a lawful stop, resisting a member of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, careless and imprudent driving, exceeding the speed limit and failure to register a motor vehicle.

During court proceedings Comerzan requested a lower bond, but instead his bond was raised from $100,000 to $250,000.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday, January 15, 2016.

UPDATE: (11/23/15 3:30 p.m.) It is reported in the probable cause statement that during a pursuit of Serghei Comerzan, Missouri Highway Patrol Trooper James Matthew Bava wrecked his patrol car resulting in his death. After an investigation, two eye witnesses were identified as well as secondary witnesses, including emergency dispatchers and an off duty Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper.

According to the probable cause statement Officer Bava was performing routine traffic enforcement on Route FF in Audrain County at approximately 8:30 a.m., Friday, August 28, 2015, when a motorcycle he met a motorcycle traveling at a clocked rate of 105 miles per hour. Bava radioed in to report the incident and began pursuit.

Officer Ballard was in the area and attempted to reach Bava via radio and cell phone to officer assistance, but received no response. Dispatch reported two separate calls from passerby’s reporting a wrecked patrol car and a body on Route FF.

Ballard identified and questioned two eye witnesses who each reported seeing a car travel into the treeline, flip, roll and burst into flames. Other witnesses were able to confirm seeing the chase and describe in detail the motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed.

After a day long investigation, Serghei Comerzan was interviewed at 11:20 p.m., the evening of the incident. Sergeant McPike was the first to interview Comerzan, who denied even being on Route FF that day. In a second interview with Trooper Haslag, Comerzan admitted to being the rider of the motorcycle being sought. He also made statements to the affect of his ability to, “easily outrun a cop if he wanted to.”

Follow this link to a previous KMZU story for more information.

BOONE COUNTY, Mo., – Serghei P. Comerzan, 20, of Mexico, Missouri, is in custody at the Audrain County Jail after fleeing from police, Monday, November 23, 2015, at 10:26 a.m.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrest report, Comerzan is initially being charged with murder in the second degree, felony resisting arrest by fleeing, misdemeanor willfully resisting a member of the highway patrol, operating in a careless and imprudent manner, speeding in excess of 26 miles per hour over the posted speed limit, and misdemeanor failure to register a motor vehicle.

Comerzan was arrested in Boone County, but is currently awaiting bond in the Audrain County Jail.