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Suspect in DeKalb officer's fatal crash was target of federal probe

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -

The 27-year-old man allegedly tied to the crash that killed DeKalb County Police Officer Ivorie Klusmann was the target of a federal probe, FOX 5 has learned.

Police Chief Cedric Alexander said Officer Klusmann, 31, was responding to a call when his patrol car ran off DeKalb Medical Parkway, near Heritage Park Trail, and hit a tree at 2:45 a.m. Saturday. Minutes earlier, the rookie officer had stopped a vehicle for a traffic stop and then the driver sped off.

Another officer spotted the vehicle and Klusmann was responding to that when he wrecked. Officer Klusmann was deceased at the scene.

The alleged driver, Gregory Lee Harvey Jr.,  turned himself into authorities on Saturday afternoon.

Police have charged Harvey, of Stone Mountain, with felony murder, reckless driving and theft by receiving a stolen vehicle.

Harvey had little to say as a magistrate read charges against him on Monday afternoon.

FOX 5's Darryl Carver reports that Harvey was awaiting trial as part of a federal corruption probe. He was one of several people charged in February as part of a federal probe into police corruption in metro Atlanta. Several law enforcement officers were arrested in that same investigation

According to court documents, Harvey allegedly claimed to be a DeKalb County corrections officer and promised to offer protection to drug dealers attempting to sell cocaine.

Harvey was out on bond and under pretrial supervisor when he allegedly ran from Klusmann.  He is now being held at DeKalb County Jail without bond.

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