Springfield Officer Not Charged in Fatal Crash

November 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 


Dashboard camera video from a police officer’s cruiser was critical in determining that the officer wouldn’t face criminal charges for his part in a fatal pedestrian crash.

Steven Rintamaki, 45, died May 25 at the scene of the crash where he ran into the side of the moving cruiser on Lagonda Avenue, according to a Ohio State Highway Patrol report on the accident.

Cruiser cam video along with the state patrol crash report, toxicology results from both Rintamaki and the officer involved and witness statements collected at the scene all went into the decision to not file any criminal charges against the officer, Clark County Prosecutor Andrew Wilson said.

The video showed that officer had no time to react, investigators said. The time from when Rintamaki was in the dark and when he ran into the cruiser is only 1 second.

“Cruiser cam video and body cams and our ability to document what happens in these cases is so important because it’s the truth … it just catches it right there,” said Wilson.

“All we have to do is hit play and it answers a lot of questions about what really did happen,” he added.

The state patrol reports said the officer was driving above the speed limit. But because the officer was on a traffic grant patrol to catch traffic violations and he was driving southbound on Lagonda Avenue pursuing a vehicle he had clocked speeding, his conduct in operation of his vehicle was reasonable, Wilson said.

Rintamaki wasn’t in a cross walk when he walked into the cruiser, crash reports state.


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Anaheim Chase Ends In Fiery Crash

November 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

A police pursuit ended in a deadly, fiery crash Monday night after a van that authorities allege was involved in a homicide crashed into a freeway retaining wall in Anaheim, Orange County Sheriff’s Department officials said.

The crash, in which the driver was killed, occurred at about 9:25 p.m. near East Frontera Street and North Rio Vista Street, said Lt. John Roche of the Sheriff’s Department. Flames engulfed the vehicle shortly after it struck a wall bordering the 91 Freeway, Roche said.


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Police Chase Stolen CHP Cruiser

November 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

SAN DIEGO – Dozens of officers pursed a woman in a stolen California Highway Patrol vehicle near Mission Bay Thursday afternoon.

A CHP officer came under gunfire Thursday at 2:45 p.m. during a hit-and-run accident in the area of Clairemont Drive and De Anza Cove near Interstate 5. A woman stole the officer’s cruiser, sped off and led a pursuit through Mission Bay and Mission Valley.

Dozens of officers, including San Diego police, pursued the vehicle until coming to a stop at Friars Road and Qualcomm Way.

A short time time later, at least one officer opened fire, CHP spokeswoman Mary Bailey said. The suspect was then taken into custody.

It’s unclear if she was wounded. No other injuries have been reported.

Authorities closed traffic lanes in the area into the evening hours to allow for investigation.

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Runaway horse-and-buggy damages police car

May 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 


Authorities said a runaway horse-and-buggy in Darlington damaged six cars including a police vehicle, but no one was injured Wednesday morning.


The Darlington Police Department said a buggy was tied outside a business on Galena Street at about 10:30 a.m. by 31-year-old owner Elam Allgyer of Darlington when the horse freed itself and took off with the cart.

The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department said as the horse-and-buggy entered on to Main Street, Darlington officer Steven Messner attempted to block the buggy from continuing onto northbound Main Street.

The buggy struck the department’s 2010 Ford Explorer that Messner was driving, causing minor damage to the tail light and rear bumper, Darlington police Chief Jason King said.

Five other vehicles in the area were damaged by the buggy, according to the police department.

The buggy overturned spilling its contents of gasoline and paint in the business parking lot.

The officer and the horse were not injured, according to the report.

King said something spooked the horse and it was able to free itself.

Duck, ducklings halt police pursuit in Oregon

May 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

One Oregon driver certainly owes a big thank you to Mother Nature.

A Portland Police dash camera caught a speeder doing 52 mph in a 35 mph zone. Naturally, the officer began his pursuit with the likely goal of citing the driver.

However, in the midst of the pursuit, a mother decided it would be a good time to cross the street with her ducklings. Thankfully, the officer slowed and helped to get them so safety.

The speeding driver got away.


Mom & Son Die In Japan Pursuit

April 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

japanKOBE – A woman and her 5-year-old son were killed when their vehicle was hit by a police car at an intersection in Tanba, Hyogo Prefecture, on Sunday.

The woman, 34, was identified as Tamba resident Asami Yura. Her two sons — Kanta, 5, and Yuzen, 3 — were also in the car, but the younger one survived with only minor injuries.

Tanba police are questioning the driver of the police car, patrolman Shinnosuke Sakabe, 39, who faces charges of negligent driving resulting in injury and death.

Police sources say visibility was good when Sakabe entered the intersection on a green light. They also quoted the officer as saying he failed to avoid the car — which approached from the left — and that he struck its right side at around 12:25 p.m.

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Video shows fatal City Hall crash

April 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Video of the high speed crash that killed a bystander outside Baltimore City Hall last year shows the suspect being pulled out of his overturned car and restrained by people on scene.

The footage, shot from a Maryland State Trooper’s patrol car that was trailing the speeding Acura sedan, was released this week by State Police.

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Dashcam video shows Johnny Johnson speeding and after he crashed near Baltimore city hall, striking and killing Matt Hersl April 9, 2013. Johnson received 10 years for vehicular manslaughter and one for drug possession. (Maryland State Police)

Child Hurt, Man Killed in Crash During Chicago Pursuit

April 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

An infant was injured and a 26-year-old man was killed when the car they were in fled police officers who saw someone inside firing a gun in Humboldt Park late Friday, police said.

The boy, whose age was unavailable, is in stable condition. He was taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital, police said. Police found a revolver in the car.

A baby bottle sat next to a flannel shirt among other debris from the crash. The hood of the car had a light-pole sized dent in the front of the hood.

The car caught fire after the crash and police pulled a number of the occupants out. At least one had to be cut out by firefighters, who removed a door that ended up leaning against a currency exchange.

The chase started when officers in the 2500 block of West Division Street saw someone shooting from a white PT Cruiser and tried to stop it about 9:50 p.m., police said.

The car took off, police pursued and the car, travelling eastbound, crashed just west of Ashland Avenue on Grand Avenue. The car’s front end hit the pole and it appeared that the back end swung around into a brick wall next to the sidewalk. Police were behind the car when it crashed.

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Wisconsin police officer in high-speed crash disciplined for 3 accidents in 1 year

April 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

FOND DU LAC, Wisconsin — A Wisconsin police officer involved in a high-speed crash in November had been disciplined for two other crashes in the preceding year, according to documents obtained by The Reporter Media (http://fondul.ac/1scBiun ).

Officer Melissa Sprangers ran into another squad car while responding to a request for backup last fall. The crash totaled both cars and sent Sprangers and another officer to the hospital.

Sprangers had been going up to 67 mph and was speeding at 62 mph when her vehicle hit the other squad, police documents showed. She was not wearing a seatbelt.

Fond du Lac police suspended her for 20 days. She had been suspended for one day for a March, 13, 2013, crash in which investigators determined she was driving too fast. She also received a written warning for a Nov. 15, 2012, accident in which she hit a parked car.

Fond du Lac Police Chief Bill Lamb admonished Sprangers for having three crashes in about a year and warned her that additional ones would result in harsher punishment.

“Further violations of city policies … will not be tolerated,” Lamb wrote in a Jan. 2 letter to Sprangers obtained by the newspaper.

Assistant Police Chief Steve Klein said the 20-day suspension showed how seriously the department considered the issue.

“It was quite a lengthy suspension for this officer which sends a strong message that we are bound by the law to drive with due regard when operating an emergency vehicle,” he said. “This officer has been put on notice that any future actions such as this are unacceptable. We’ve already dealt with a warning and now two suspensions and we expect there will not be any future violations.”

Spranger has been required to undergo remedial driving training. All officers complete a one-day driving course every two years.

Klein said officers have to be prepared for scrutiny.

“The public expects the police department to operate and respond to emergency situations in a safe manner,” he said.

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South Carolina Pursuit Ends in 2 Deaths

April 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A pursuit involving a Darlington County Sheriff’s deputy led to a fatal crash on Old Camden Road in Darlington County around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to DCSO Sheriff Wayne Byrd.

Darlington County Coroner Todd Hardee has identified the two victims in the collision on W Old Camden Road in Hartsville as Amberly McKenzie Hunnicutt, 27, and Tyler Evans Terry, 23 both of Hartsville.

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