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Vehicle Incidents and Issues

The Vehicle Incidents and Issues topic deals with issues related to specialized patrols like motorcycle units as well as vehicular risks and challenges to LE, including vehicle crashes involving police and vehicular assaults against officers.

A squad car can feel like a little bubble of safety, but it’s not
Each stop brings inherent risks and practicing and mentally rehearsing strategies to enhance safety is one of an officer’s most essential responsibilities
The court rules on whether a dog sniff or the vehicle inventory and impound led to the extension of the traffic stop
Warwick Police Chief David Shoemaker was assisting a sergeant with a traffic stop when the driver involved in the stop hit Shoemaker with his car twice
The officer had been working a security detail around 3:30 a.m. when a man approached her vehicle and managed to get inside
The Key West Police Department stated that the suspect drove to the college “with the specific intent of killing two individuals”
The driver initially stopped for LAPD officers before speeding off and crashing, causing the driver to launch hundreds of feet from the vehicle
Officer Daniel Skenadore followed a driver who had reportedly brandished a gun at a 911 caller; the driver got out of the car and pointed a handgun at the officer
The driver fled a traffic stop before turning around, driving the wrong way on a freeway and ramming two cruisers and an officer, who died at the scene
The officer had strategically positioned his vehicle to shield pedestrians from the ATV
Photographs provided by the police bureau show police cars in flames, including one next to a large propane tank
The truck failed to yield and struck Officer Russell Croxton’s marked patrol vehicle and another vehicle
“The wealth of knowledge that [Sgt. Ian Taylor] brought to the Billerica Police Department was boundless...” Billerica police stated. “Ian dedicated his life to helping others and saved countless lives in the process”
Video released by state police shows the trooper was walking between his cruiser and the metal beam guardrail as a driver approached from the center lane and lost control of his vehicle
The man’s vehicle slammed into Officer James Muhlbauer’s patrol car, killing him and his K-9 partner Champ; the impact caused the cruiser to strike and kill Jesse Eckes, a pedestrian
Deputy John Coddou, 50, was a 20-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and “a public servant through and through”
Oakland Police Department Officer Jordan Wingate, who was voted “Rookie of the Year” in 2018, medically retired two years after the crash; he succumbed to his injuries on April 20
LASD deputies were stopped behind the suspect’s vehicle at an intersection when he reversed into a cruiser at high speed
Paramedics were still in the ambulance when it was stolen and had to bail out of the vehicle as the suspect fled
It may be the right thing to do in some circumstances, but there’s a lot to think about and the time to start thinking about it is now
Tate Rheaume was “engaged in extraordinarily dangerous driving” at more than 80 mph while also moving in and out of traffic before the fatal crash, according to the Rutland County State’s Attorney
Deputy Jermyius Young died on April 5 after being injured in a single-vehicle crash two days prior; Young began working at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office when he was 18 years old
The officer was positioned at the end of a freeway on-ramp as a suspect vehicle and several cruisers approached at high speed; the suspect swerved onto the freeway before reaching the end of the ramp and a cruiser hit the officer
Tucson Police Department Officer Adam Buckner was responding to a call for service when another driver ran a red light and struck his cruiser
An AMR supervisor rolled down his window to ask if a man standing in the road was OK; the man “began throwing himself at the window, gaining access to the ambulance”
In March 2022, Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Toni Schuck positioned her patrol car directly in front of an out-of-control vehicle
The video begins with officers responding to a domestic violence call
After the crash, Peter Simon pulled a knife on another officer before stealing his cruiser
In an era of constrained budgets, this guide illuminates the path for agencies to acquire armored vehicles, vital for officer protection and tactical advantage in high-risk situations