Texas officer poisoned in patrol car
Austin Police Association President Ken Casaday says there has been a nationwide problem with Ford Explorers making officers sick
By Police1 Staff
AUSTIN, Texas — An officer fell ill Saturday after he reported feeling nauseous while driving his patrol car.
Authorities said the officer was in his Ford patrol vehicle when he became nauseous, hit a curb and called for help, KRIS TV reported. He was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for carbon monoxide poisoning and released.
Austin Police Association President Ken Casaday told KXAN that there has been a nationwide problem with Ford Explorers making officers sick. He said they were recalled for a short while then brought back.
"This is just something the officer should not have to worry about, going to calls and passing out behind the wheel and causing an accident that could kill them or somebody else on the road," Casaday said.
He told the news station that Police Chief Brian Manley plans to buy carbon monoxide detector kits for the department’s explorers.