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Officer Headed to Trial in Fatal Accident

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A Las Vegas police officer is heading to trial to face reckless driving charges. The decision was handed down from a North Las Vegas Judge at a preliminary hearing for Officer Aron Carpenter Tuesday afternoon.

In May of 2010, Carpenter and Officer Andrew Ubbens were involved in a police chase with a DUI suspect. During the pursuit, supervisors realized public safety was at risk and ordered the officers to stop the chase. But police say the officers ignored orders. They say Carpenter's police cruiser collided will Ivan Carillo's car, causing it to crash. Carillo died as a result of the accident.

Ubbens pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge of failure to use due care while driving. He was ordered to pay a $500 fine and perform 50 hours of community service. He is now back on patrol.

In the preliminary hearing, the District Attorney's Office presented their evidence before the judge. Two people took the stand -- a member of the accident reconstruction team and a medical examiner.

"What were saying is he drove in a reckless fashion and in that reckless fashion caused both the death of Ivan Carillo and substantial bodily harm to Pattel," said Chief Deputy L.J. O'Neale.

"He's so erratic. He's so unreasonable that he's coming to a complete stop and then speeding up to 60 miles per hour, so my client didn't do anything wrong," said Attorney Bret Whipple.

Officer Carpenter will be back in court on February 1.