If you're really drunk and walking around trying to find your car, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, don't tell an officer you're looking for your car. Second, don't give that officer any lip.
Traffic Stop Immolation
Suspect lights himself on fire after a traffic stop!!
Trooper Chase DASHCAM /Criminal Killed 1996
Christopher Hirsch and pasenger Adam Hotkiewicz stole a pickup truck in Chisago County, MN and went for a joy ride in a nearby wildlife area. Both were living in Chisago City at the time. Hirsch failed to stop for conservation officers and turned on to Interstate Hwy. 35 and led troopers on a chase that reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour. The pickup followed the I-494/694 beltway around the Twin Cities and had started making a second loop when it was rammed by officers. Curt Karges and other state troopers rammed the stolen pickup truck, then rushed it's occupants. passenger Adam Hotkiewicz was fatally shot by trooper Karges. The videotape from a camera mounted in two of the squad cars was ordered to be made public on Friday September 27 by a Ramsey County judge after the Star Tribune sued the MN Dept. of Public Safety to obtain it's release.
Many questions are being asked after the death of a Walker man just minutes after a traffic stop and struggle on Interstate 12 near Holden in Livingston Parish. Sunday morning, a Livingston Parish deputy spotted a car on I-12 heading toward Holden around 4:00am. The car, driven by Donel Adam Stogner, 42, was reportedly weaving in and out of traffic. The deputy pulled Stogner over and according to the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, the driver had what appeared to be drugs in his hand. "That's when a long struggle ensued, almost seven minutes, and it's all on videotape," said Chief Deputy Jason Ard with the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office. Because this is an open investigation, a copy of the tape could not be released to the media. Ard says backup arrived on the scene and not long after, Stogner was complaining of shortness of breath. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. "Anytime you deal with a death, no matter how it comes, it's serious," Ard said. He says he stands behind the deputies involved in the incident and is confident they acted within the law. Stogner's family members say they are waiting to see how everything plays out. Stogner's criminal record shows several arrests over the past few years, including a methamphetamine drug charge just last week. The Livingston Parish Coroner's Office says it is not ready to release an official cause of death at this time.
An Elbow Lake man who rammed his car into several law enforcement vehicles last year was sentenced Friday to over 12 years in prison for attempted murder. Jeffrey Allan Anderson, 49, injured a state trooper and a Fergus Falls Police officer after leading authorities on a high-speed chase through Grant and Otter Tail Counties March 9, 2008, according to court records. The chase began near Elbow Lake after authorities attempted to pull Anderson over for speeding. As he traveled toward Fergus Falls on U.S. Highway 59, Anderson forced waiting squad cars out of their lanes. He later slammed head-on into an empty State Patrol car at 90 mph, near a roadblock at State Highway 210, according to court records, sending the squad car several feet in the air. Trooper Vaughn Ebbighausen, who was standing near his vehicle at the time of the collision, was thrown 15 feet as a result of the impact. He suffered a laceration to his head and severe bruising on his body. Tests would later reveal Anderson’s blood-alcohol content was .18. At Friday’s hearing, Det. Marlys Adams of the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office said Anderson drove straight at her as she sat in her vehicle. She had only seconds to maneuver out of his path. “I have no doubt in my mind that Mr. Anderson’s intention was to hit me dead on and kill me,” Adams said. Anderson did not swerve toward citizen vehicles nearby, she said, but drove intentionally at law enforcement. Anderson pleaded guilty to second degree attempted murder and fourth degree DWI as part of a plea agreement. Thirteen other charges, including first degree attempted murder and second degree assault, were dismissed. During Friday’s sentencing, Anderson’s attorney asked Judge Barbara Hanson to consider Anderson’s mental health history in determining a sentence. Anderson has had “a mental health issue” for most of his life, said his attorney, Ruth Lee. That, combined with his lack of medication and alcohol use, contributed to his behavior on the day of the incident. Lee asked the court place Anderson in a secure treatment facility for less than the 153 months recommended by state guidelines. But while Judge Hanson acknowledged Anderson’s long-standing mental health concerns, she said his actions March 9 reflected conscious decisions. The judge, who’d watched video footage from a Grant County squad car, said Anderson’s driving conduct showed “an extreme disregard for human life.” Hanson gave him the full 153-month sentence at a state correctional facility, in which he’ll have access to chemical dependency treatment. Anderson, who suffered a brain injury in the incident, said he has no recollection of what happened. He apologized to Fergus Falls, Grant County and Otter Tail County law enforcement seated in the courtroom. “I just am totally sorry,” he said. “In my right mind, I would never try to hurt anything.”
A Dayton Police officer may have saved a driver’s life Sunday morning after noticing him driving erratically on State Route 35 in Dayton. The officer followed the driver eastbound, at about 60 mph. A cruiser camera showed the driver slamming into a concrete barrier at least a dozen times. The left front tire could be seen going flat. In fear that the 1998 Chevy Cavalier would flip, the officer called for medics to respond. The car continued just west of the intersection of SR-35 and Interstate 75, when the car swerved across the lanes, skidded to a halt, and slammed head-on into a concrete barrier. Officers ran to the rescue of the driver and said they had to cut him out of his seatbelt. It appeared he was having a seizure. Firefighters were called due to the car catching on fire, while medics attended to the driver. Lt. Bob Chabali, of the Dayton Police Department, said the quick action by medics probably saved his life. Officers said the driver admitted that he was high on heroin and they said they found several fresh syringes in the car. The driver has been identified as 28-year-old, Adam Spaeth. There was already a warrant out for Spaeth from Logan County for possession of drugs, and a warrant from Middletown for drug paraphernalia. He was treated in the hospital and then booked in the Montgomery County Jail on the charge of possession of drugs
Teen Injects Mom Arrest (10/22/1998)
Two teens who allegedly killed one of their mothers by injecting her with bleach are arrested in Texas. --EFFORTING--
Musicians in Plane Crash (2007)
A man who came across a fiery jet crash said he saw former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and disc jockey Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein trying to extinguish the flames on their bodies by ripping off their clothing. "We turned to the jet to try and see if there was anything we could do, but immediately, there was nothing anyone could do," William Owens told CNN affiliate WIS in Columbia, South Carolina. "I felt ill or sick to think that these lives were snuffed out at that point." The two men were in critical condition with extensive burns Saturday. The crash killed four other people on board, authorities said. The Learjet 60 carrying six people, including Barker and Goldstein, was taking off from the Columbia Metropolitan Airport in South Carolina on Friday night when it went off the runway. The plane crashed through light towers and an antenna array before crossing a road and stopping at an embankment, authorities said. Owens came across the plane wreck while driving and stopped to see whether he could help. Lexington County Coroner Harry O. Harman said all the dead in Friday's crash were Californians. He identified them as pilot Sarah Lemmon, 31, of Anaheim Hills; co-pilot James Bland, 52, of Carlsbad; Chris Baker, 29, of Studio City; and Charles Still, 25, of Los Angeles. The Associated Press reported that Baker was an assistant to Barker and Still was a security guard for the musician. Owens told WIS-TV he was driving on Highway 302 when he saw a fireball. Owens stopped and crossed across the road, which was doused with fuel, to get close to the wreckage. Barker was standing in the road, trying to extinguish his burning pants, Owens told WIS-TV. Owens and Goldstein walked toward the plane, but there was nothing they could do to help, he said. Federal investigators recovered the cockpit voice recorder from the crash site but said they aren't sure whether information on the device survived the blaze. Investigators are also obtaining recordings of conversations between controllers in the tower and the jet's two-person crew, said National Transportation Safety Board spokeswoman Debbie Hersman. "Air traffic controllers did observe sparks from the aircraft as it was going down the runway and immediately alerted fire-rescue crews at the airport," Hersman said Saturday evening in West Columbia. The National Transportation Safety Board has sent team to West Columbia to investigate the crash. The Learjet 60 crashed on takeoff at 11:53 p.m. Friday. Beth Frits, spokeswoman at the Joseph Still Burn Center, in Augusta, Georgia, said Barker and Goldstein arrived at the hospital early Saturday. She said both men had "extensive burns." Video Watch charred wreckage of the plane » Barker and Goldstein had played at a huge free outdoor concert in Columbia's Five Points district on Friday night, CNN affiliate WIS-TV said. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the twin-engine private jet was cleared for takeoff on a flight to Van Nuys, California, and began its takeoff roll a few minutes before midnight. Air traffic controllers "saw sparks coming from the runway -- whether that was from the aircraft or its engines, we don't know," Bergen said Saturday. "They overran the end of runway 11. They impacted the antenna array and a number of lights at the end of the runway. They went through the perimeter fence and across the roadway here," Hersman said Saturday. "There was a significant post-crash fire." The crash closed the airport, which is Columbia's main commercial and passenger terminal, and it remained closed late Saturday afternoon. The airport's Web site listed nine commercial airline flights canceled through 7 p.m. Saturday. Hersman said the airport would not reopen until investigators finished collecting debris from the runway and crash site. advertisement She said investigators would look at every aspect of the crash, from the pilots' schedules to the aircraft's condition. She said it was a fairly new airplane, manufactured in 2006 and certified to operate in 2007. In addition to playing with Blink-182, Barker appeared in the MTV reality show "Meet the Barkers" along with his wife at the time, former Miss USA Shanna Moakler, according to MTV's Web site. COLUMBIA -- It was an escape that mystified those who stood before the fireball. Travis Barker, a rock drummer, and celebrity DJ Adam Goldstein climbed onto the right wing of a flaming Learjet that was to have delivered them and four others Friday to Los Angeles. "Once they slid down the wing, they had to jump on each other to put each other out," Lt. Josh Shumpert of the South Congaree Police Department recalled the men telling him after the commuter jet crashed about midnight. Shoeless, in shock and in pain, Barker and Goldstein kept asking for an ambulance and worrying about their friends still inside, said Shumpert, one of the first responders on the scene. "They were pacing back and forth," he said. The men did not appear to be burned as badly as he expected. The crash killed four people, including Barker's two assistants and the plane's crew. Shumpert said Goldstein, dressed in a T-shirt and shorts or boxers, was hurt the worst. The lieutenant and Columbia resident Bill Owens were among the first to arrive. A dashboard camera from Shumpert's cruiser captured the turmoil, and the officer gave his first extended interview Tuesday. "I remember seeing the DJ guy with burns on his arms and the back and top of his head." Shumpert said he did not see burns on Barker, though he acknowledged it was dark. "I think he had on one sock. Either that, or they were both real nasty. He did not have a shirt on." Doctors at an Augusta burn center said Barker, 32, and Goldstein, 35, have second- and third-degree burns. They are likely to recover fully, doctors have said. "Travis was more visibly shaken than the other guy," said the 25-year-old lieutenant. Neither Barker nor Goldstein said much. Shumpert tried to comfort them, not knowing until an hour later that they were celebrities. Barker was a member of the multiplatinum-selling rock band Blink-182. Goldstein, known as DJ AM, once was engaged to celebrity Nicole Ritchie. Four days later, Owens said he feels guilty. "I'm concerned that I didn't react quickly. I reacted cautiously."
Police officials are lauding two patrol officers who rescued a man from a flaming sports utility vehicle last week on Interstate 35W in south Forth Worth. Images of the rescue were released Tuesday. The footage was captured by a dash camera video from a patrol car, said Lt. Paul Henderson, police spokesman. The rollover accident was reported 1:15 a.m. Feb. 11 in the 9300 block of I-35W, between its intersections with Everman Parkway and West Risinger Road. A 1994 GMC Yukon lost control, hit a concrete barrier and rolled, according to police reports. Smoke was pouring from the SUV as Officers Adam Coleman and Victor Tapia arrived, Henderson said. "As officers approached, they realized that the driver was still inside the vehicle behind the wheel," said Henderson. "The Yukon burst into flames as (the officers) risked their lives by entering the burning vehicle and pulling the man to safety." The driver, identified as Kane Gonzalez of Cleburne, was taken by ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital, Henderson said. His medical condition was unavailable a week later. He could not be reached for comment. Henderson said the video is dramatic. "After the rescue you can see the officers crouching to the ground, apparently trying to recover from the heat and the smoke," Henderson said. He said he did not release the video earlier because the accident initially sounded like a routine single-vehicle wreck, and he did not see the video until Friday. "Police officers nationwide risk their lives daily,'' he said. "and this is a shining example of bravery in the face of imminent danger shown by these two outstanding officers of the Fort Worth Police Department."
Dashboard camera video showing a Spartanburg man firing shots at a state trooper during a high-speed chase last October led to multiple maximum sentences during a plea hearing Wednesday Christopher Adam Tessinger, 27, pleaded guilty to assault with intent to kill, failure to stop for a blue light, possession of methamphetamine and possession of Lortab charges in circuit court. Tessinger received a total of 16 years in state prison for those charges that originated from an attempted traffic stop in Boiling Springs on Oct. 13, 2008. Prosecutors played video from Trooper Jeff Cassidy's in-car camera for Circuit Judge Mark Hayes on a laptop computer. Audio of engine revving a few times, followed by gunshots and Cassidy's declaration, "He's shooting at me," could be heard from the computer's speaker. Cassidy later addressed the court, joining prosecutors in a request for the maximum possible sentences. After listening to Tessinger's apology and a request by his attorney, James Cheek with the public defender's office, for "mercy" through concurrent sentences, Hayes said nothing could mitigate the assault with intent to kill charge and imposed the 10-year maximum. Hayes said the failure to stop for police offense is the "most egregious" he's seen in his career. "Television could not have written a chase like what I saw on that DVD," said Hayes, telling Tessigner he is "lucky to be alive." The dashcam video shows a white late model Chrysler sedan turning from Highway 9 onto Fourth Street in Boiling Springs. The Chrysler passes a wrecker on a double-yellow line, and a high-speed chase down narrow, winding roads ensues. The video shows numerous close calls the Chrysler had with motorists, the driver holding a gun out the window and firing shots and the driver throwing computer equipment from the car. Tessinger eluded pursuit by running a red light, but authorities later located the vehicle and passenger in a field near Cedar Crest Road and Granite Park Lane west of Fairforest. Tessinger was taken into custody after he was found in nearby woods. He had a plastic bag containing methamphetamine and Lortab in his mouth. The bag was recovered, but the gun was not found. "I'm sorry for what happened," Tessinger told Hayes. Cheek said an associate left stolen computer equipment in Tessinger's car moments before the attempted traffic stop regarding a seat belt violation. Cheek said Tessinger was on a three-week methamphetamine bender that escalated the stop into a "horrific incident." Cheek told Hayes Tessinger has been reforming during his time in jail. He said Tessinger's goal is to become the person he was before methamphetamine entered his life and provide for his two children. Tessinger received the maximum sentences of 10 years on the assault with intent to kill, three years on the failure to stop and three years on possession of methamphetamine that will run consecutive to each other but concurrent to a 51-month federal sentence he received in July after pleading guilty to a felon possession charge. That charge resulted from the attempted traffic stop. Tessinger on Wednesday also pleaded guilty to manufacture of methamphetamine, criminal domestic violence, second offense, criminal domestic violence, third offense and simple assault and battery charges from prior incidents. Hayes issued respective sentences of 15 years, one year, five years and 30 days for those offenses. Those sentences will run concurrent to the 16 years.
Troy police arrested a 46-year-old woman on suspicion of drunk driving while she had two children in the vehicle with her. Police said Betty Turner, of Warren, was behind the wheel of a Ford Contour,swerving on Interstate 75 near Adams Road in Troy. Witnesses called 911, worried that Turner was going to hit the freeway wall. 911 caller: "Oh my gosh, she must doing 100 now." Another 911 caller: "This red Contour went flying by me, swerving all over the road. She almost wiped out trying to over correct and she has kids in the car." Police said the children were terrified. Video from an officer's squad car dashcam includes audio of the children explaining their fear. Police said Turner smelled of alcohol. A breath test showed Turner had a blood alcohol level of .23. The legal limit in Michigan is .08. This was Turner's third drunken driving arrest. She faces several charges including child endangerment.
I-71 RIMS CHASE (2007)
Police on patrol spot a stolen Chevy Trailblazer. When they attempt to pull over the vehicle, the driver refuses and a high speed chase is on. BXut cops are ready for the pursuit and they immediately deploy stop sticks in front of the SUV blowing out the front tires. The suspect kept driving on drove on the rims of the car until the engine gave out. The Trailblazer destroyed several cars along its dangerous chase route but no one was seriously injured. Once stopped the driver took the suspect into custody after having to use a taser gun to get him to comply with their wishes. Suspect is Adam E Carpenter age 20 from New Richmond, Ohio. Carpenter escaped from a community correctional facility and then robbed the home of a woman stealing her vehicle for his getaway. He also took hold of a shotgun from the house and tied up the owner of the home, a 52-year old woman.
ORIGINAL STORY: The Minnesota State Patrol is asking for the public's help in tracking down a semi driver who almost hit a girl getting on a school bus in central Minnesota on Friday morning. Video from inside the school bus shows the semi illegally passing the stopped school bus on the right shoulder on Highway 23 near Paynesville. The state patrol says the school bus had its stop arm down and safety lights flashing. The 7th grader, Alexis Schwartz, was waiting at the end of her driveway for the school bus to take her to school when the semi roared between her and the bus at highway speeds. "It came out of nowhere and tried to hurt me, dust kicked up on me, I had to step back, that freaked me out and made my heart go crazy," Schwartz said. "It's mind blowing to see how close it came." her mom said. State Patrol deputies said if she had been hit at that speed, she would have died. "Obviously this is an incredibly dangerous situation it could've been a horrific tragedy had she been any nearer to the roadway," said to Lt. Eric Roeske. The family was even more upset that the semi driver didn't slow down or stop to check on Schwartz. "He should be held accountable, we need the public's help to find him," mom said. The state patrol is reviewing the video, looking for the semi's license plate. The semi is grey with a white trailer and the number indicating it's a 53-foot sleeper cab. UPDATED: The driver of the semi-truck that nearly hit a girl near Paynesville has turned himself in to police. The Minnesota State Patrol posted the update on their Facebook page late Tuesday night. Video from inside the school bus stopped for the girl shows the semi blowing by on the shoulder, nearly hitting her. The seventh grader, Alexis Schwartz, was waiting at the end of her driveway for the school bus to take her to school when the semi roared between her and the bus at highway speeds. "It came out of nowhere and tried to hurt me, dust kicked up on me, I had to step back, that freaked me out and made my heart go crazy," Schwartz said. The state patrol says the school bus had its stop arm down and safety lights flashing.
Randolph County Sheriff's Deputy Donnie Grant Jr., 33, severely injured by a suspect Oct. 14, is recovering at Atlanta Medical Center and may be released as soon as Thursday, according to Sheriff's Investigator Jimmy Holmes. Grant has several broken bones and is in a lot of pain, said Investigator Donnie Strain, whose uncle is married to Grant's aunt. "We've known each other all our lives. It's always terrible when it happens to someone you know," he said. Grant was responding to a call on County Road 434 near Butler's Mill in Graham around noon last week when he saw and stopped the gold GMC Yukon, driven by a man who had been in a domestic dispute with a female. Grant was subsequently run over and dragged 100 to 150 feet, sustaining severe injuries. His desperate call went out to law enforcement, who quickly responded from all over the area. One of those rushing to the scene was his father, Roanoke Police Capt. Donnie Grant Sr., who has worked in law enforcement for 35 years, according to Police Chief Adam Melton. Melton sent three units to the area and drove to Woodland to pick up Grant's family members to get them to the LifeFlight helicopter before it left. He had also dispatched two units to Wedowee to cover the town and the sheriff's department while officers from those departments were tracking the suspect. The quick wits and work of E-911 personnel helped track John Simons of Rockmart, Ga., better than a bloodhound. Randolph County 911 director Lisa Reed said they feel very strongly about taking care of their officers when they are out in the field. "We had received several calls from the female person involved. She told us the vehicle had OnStar. She thought it could disable the vehicle but it couldn't," Reed said. However, through a number of calls, with OnStar calling back to make sure it really was a 911 center, they explained officers were in pursuit of a vehicle with the GPS OnStar system. OnStar personnel wanted the vehicle identification number of the 2004 GMC Yukon that belonged to the female victim's father, but that information was in the vehicle. Then, they called the insurance company who had that information and would not normally release it, but in this incident everyone was working together. They advised Cleburne County of the chase and the vehicle and then the suspect got into Haralson County, Ga. They were still tracing him by the OnStar network and relaying instructions to those on the ground looking for him, Reed said. In this far-reaching search the Alabama State Troopers notified Georgia State Troopers, Reed said. "We just remained on line with GMC. I'm not sure what they saw but I assume a dot on a map. She (OnStar personnel) would say he is coming up on so and so intersection. At one point he stopped for about five minutes. She didn't know why he was stopped but that he was stopped. She would then say he is turning north or east or reaching a certain intersection. At one point she said he was stopped and the airbags deployed. We didn't know he'd crashed and gotten out shooting or he'd shot himself near the railroad tracks," Reed said. Simons died at the hospital after being transported there. The center has been involved with OnStar before when there have been accidents but nothing like this, she said. They have never tracked anyone by the vehicle's GPS. If the caller had not mentioned it they would not have known, she said. "Our dispatchers were quick thinking and said 'let's call OnStar and see if they can help.' We were very thankful we could get in touch with them and they could track him. We wanted to get him so he could take responsibility for what he had done," Reed said. "Our deputies we take pride in and they are important to us," she said. She and the operations manager heard the radio traffic and joined the two dispatchers on duty, whom she referred to as Operators 108 and 112. During all this four other 911 calls came in so they were busy, she said. "They just went into robot mode and kept 100 balls running all at one time. I'm just glad it turned out as well as it did. I've known Donnie a long time. We weren't in the same class but we were in the same school. He is a very nice guy and a very hard-working young man. It was very hard to hear him and the shape he was in," she said. She has been so impressed with how the entire community stepped up that day to get him to the helicopter and continued to support him and his family. Station 12 Woodland Fire Department, while responding to the helicopter site, also had to handle a car accident. It is required to have a fire vehicle at the helicopter's landing site for safety reasons. Of her staff, who did not want to be named, she said: "They did a wonderful job. They kept their cool and did everything that needed to be done." They have two administrative lines and at one time both those lines and three personal cell phones were in use to handle the situation. "It was pretty crazy in here. The dispatchers did a wonderful job. They had a job to do and they did it as best as I could ever hope for," she said. They handled two calls from Cleburne County and then one from Jerry's Fireworks at the intersection of 48 and 87 where another altercation took place. Dispatchers are highly trained in medical response, as well as fire and police response. That are not allowed to take any calls until that intense training is complete, she said. While Grant is not married, evidently he has a family in law enforcement, according to the many comments. Grant had worked with the Roanoke Police Department for three years, briefly with CSX Railroad and the sheriff's department about 10 years. Strain said the Randolph County Fire Association and others are taking up money for the Grant family. Deputy Mark Windsor was the last really bad incident for the sheriff's department. Windsor was killed by a drunk driver in the mid 1990s when he was on patrol, Strain said. A Marine had left a party when he struck Windsor's vehicle on County Road 51, just below Woodland. Sheriff's Investigator Greg Dendinger said the local volunteer fire departments who have participated in raising money for Grant are: Rock Stand, Corinth, A&M, Forrester's Crossroads and the Randolph County Reserves. They raised about $8,700 and the fundraising is ongoing, he said, with different organizations and churches planning events to cover Grant's medical expenses, such as the Abanda Baptist Church benefit singing Nov. 8. Melton had a flyer advertising a Nov. 22 benefit motorcycle ride for medical expenses for Grant. It is sponsored by friends, fellow police officers and Advance Auto Parts. Registration will be from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and the cost is $20 per bike and $15 for an additional rider. The ride is from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting and finishing at Advance Auto Parts on U.S. Highway 431. John and Robin Williams are the contacts at 863-8063, 404-889-7890 or 404-889-7892. Holmes said: "We're doing it because we love him. Folks in the county have been real generous. It makes us feel good that people out there come together in our time of need." The money being raised and deposited in Grant's bank account will help with house and vehicle payments, he said. "I think they are going to let him come home Thursday. His pelvis is fractured in two places and if it is healing good they said they might let him come home," Holmes said. When he and Sheriff Jeff Fuller went up to visit him last Thursday they were preparing to move him into a regular room, he said.
The man wanted for a burglary earlier this week during which a rookie officer fired his service weapon attempted to escape arrest for a second time by jumping out of a moving cruiser. According to police, 42-year-old Eric Simmons, was being transported to the safety building to be interviewed just before 2 a.m. when at Monument and Ludlow streets he was able to exit the back of the police cruiser. “Simmons was able to open the rear cruiser door due to the fact that he was not in restraints and the rear window was down,” according to a Dayton police incident report. Assistant Police Chief Bob Chabali said the officers transporting Simmons were a training crew. Officer Douglas Gresham recently graduated from the police academy and is required to work alongside a training officer until January. He was working with Officer Adam Sharp. Chabali said the department is looking into the incident and will determine if any procedures were violated. Simmons had a warrant out for his arrest because police believe he is the suspect who took off in a pickup truck from a reported burglary on Lindale Avenue Tuesday. Officer Zachary Williams fired one shot at the fleeing vehicle prompting a manhunt for the possibly injured suspect. Williams graduated from the police academy one year ago and was cleared to work without a training officer in April. He was placed on paid leave per department policy while police investigate the shooting incident. Simmons was not shot and the pickup truck was recovered abandoned on Catalpa Drive early Wednesday morning. A capias was issued for Simmons’ arrest and officers were shown his picture at roll call Wednesday night, according to the report. Gresham and Sharp were on patrol on North Main Street at about 1:45 a.m. Thursday when they spotted Simmons and arrested him at an RTA bus stop. They were taking him to be interviewed by detectives when he jumped from their car. According to the report Simmons tripped and fell after exiting the vehicle and was immediately apprehended again. He suffered scraps to his head, arm and knee upon exiting the cruiser and was taken to Grandview Hospital where he refused treatment, according to the report.
It's a mistake that could have led to another death of a local police officer. Just five days after a Cold Spring officer was killed with a gun late last year, a "clearly" not thorough search of an intoxicated man failed to find a loaded handgun, which the man then pulled out while inside a Metro Transit Police squad car and pointed it in the officers' direction before they could wrestle it away. The gun was not fired, but two bullets were later found in the Rossi .38 special revolver. The incident was captured by a squad car surveillance camera. The intoxicated man, identified as Wesley Rogers, 21, pleaded guilty March 7 to carrying a pistol without a permit, a gross misdemeanor. In an interview Monday, Metro Transit Police Chief John Harrington called the officers' failure to detect the weapon during their pat-down search of the man a "lapse" caused by a "rookie officer," identified as Jason Malland, who had been with Metro Transit police just two months at the time. His partner, Ofc. Adam Marvin, had been with the department for three years. "Clearly, it wasn't thorough because they missed something," Harrington said at police headquarters. "That's almost the definition of not thorough in this case." The officers were not disciplined, Harrington said, because "in my judgment, this is a training issue... And the way, in my mind, that you deal with mistakes is you correct the behavior by training the officers and reminding them of the importance of good searches." After the incident, Chief Harrington ordered two hour training for all 118 Metro Transit officers - including himself - on how to properly do a pat-down and booking search. "So we have really taken this this lesson to heart, have really hammered that lesson home, I think, throughout the entire organization," explained Harrington. "We don't know if they had a guardian angel sitting on their shoulder or sitting on his shoulder," Harrington said. "There are times when you put young men out in sometimes very dangerous streets and you get lucky. And in this case, I think that's what happened."