On Friday morning, deputies investigated a previous crash on Interstate 80 near Oxford, Iowa, and parked their cars on the side of the road.
A police reports say 45-year-old Dana Miller was slowing down while he approached the crash scene, when a semi rear-ended his truck, sending him flying off the road and into one of the patrol cars, KWQU reports.
The incident was caught on a second car’s dash-cam, and Iowa State Patrol posted the video on its Facebook page.
The patrol car that was hit suffered some damage, but neither the officers nor Miller was seriously hurt, Iowa State Patrol reports.
PHOENIX (KSAZ) –
An officer involved shooting has caused a lot of problems for people in the downtown area.
The shooting happened next to the brand new cityscape shopping area, right across from the county courthouse.
Dozens of witnesses saw the chase and shooting in one of the busiest spots in downtown Phoenix.
“It was like something out of a movie it was crazy,” said Angie Philips.
Phoenix Police say this all began earlier in the morning after officer spotted a stolen silver Dodge Ram pick-up in a hotel parking lot near I-17 and Dunlap.
A police helicopter followed the car downtown. Authorities say during this chase, the suspect waving a gun at them.
In an attempt to get away, the suspect pulled into Cityscape’s underground parking lot.
“The first thing I saw was this truck speeding go down under the garage almost hit cars and the police,” said Philips.
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WASHITA COUNTY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Highway Patrol continues to investigate the high speed chase that ended in the death of the suspect and two Washita County lawmen.
Gail O’Neil said, “I thought to myself, if anyone survived that, it would be a miracle.”
O’Neil could see the law enforcement crash scene outside the window of her home.
In a crumbled SUV was Washita County Undersheriff Brian Beck.
Inside a wrecked Burns Flat patrol car was Officer Kris Willhight.
The pair were working together to chase down Quentin Johnson.
The Undersheriff arrived at Johnson’s home in Sentinel home at 9:40 a.m. Thursday to serve a warrant for his arrest.
Investigators say the 27-year-old was wanted for possession of a controlled dangerous substance, concealing stolen property and a felon in possession of a firearm.
When Undersheriff Beck arrived, Johnson jumped in his truck and sped off.
Undersheriff Beck took off to chase him and Officer Willhight joined in to help.
After chasing Johnson for 31 minutes, the run took a deadly turn.
Johnson crashed his truck in an empty field near Hwy 42 and Rambo St.
Undersheriff Beck and Officer Willhight were headed to that scene when they collided in to one another. Neither survived.
“It’s sad, you know,” O’Neil said. “That two of the guys were in the course of their business and they won’t be coming home tonight.”
Law enforcement agencies across the state sent their condolences.
“Our sympathies go out to the families on both sides of this tragic event,” OHP Lt. Brian Orr. “There’s a lot of pain right now that they’re dealing with.”
Word of the deaths spread quickly through the communities.
“We’re all real close. It hit home real hard,” Jonathan Jackson said.
Seeing law enforcement clean up the wreck that killed two of their own was a heavy sight for O’Neil.
“When they woke up this morning, they did not know that was going to happen,” O’Neil said. “Now their families are forever affected. It’s a sad deal.”
Beck was 39-years-old and Willhight was 36-years-old.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says Willhight was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident.
However, the report says Beck was not buckled in.
Authorities say they are still investigating the cause of the crash.
Funeral services are pending for both lawmen
LOS ANGELES (AP) — If you’ve ever been pulled over by a police officer for not wearing a seat belt, there’s a decent chance the officer also wasn’t buckled up either.
While 86 percent of Americans now wear seat belts, an upcoming study that will be published by California’s Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training estimates that roughly half of law enforcement officers don’t wear them.
With traffic-related fatalities the leading cause of death of officers on duty, departments nationwide are buckling down to get officers to buckle up.
“Something that can save a person’s life should be on a high priority of being enforced,” said Richard Ashton, a former police chief who has studied officer safety for more than a decade with the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
The Los Angeles Police Department has a new seatbelt education effort after Inspector General Alex Bustamante found that up to 37 percent of officers involved in accidents in 2012 weren’t wearing seatbelts.
State laws mandating seatbelt use often exclude police, but the LAPD and most other departments require them in all but certain circumstances.
The costs of not doing so are clear.
CITRUS CITY, Texas — A high-speed pursuit of a stolen truck Monday afternoon resulted in a multiple-vehicle wreck that killed six people and hospitalized several more in western Hidalgo County.
A Texas Highway Patrol sergeant was chasing a truck that had been stolen out of Alton when the fleeing vehicle came into the intersection of Mile 7 and Western roads, striking three other vehicles, according to a news release from the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The driver then tried to flee on foot but was caught by state troopers before being taken to the hospital. Authorities had not released his identity by press time Monday.
Sandra Nunez was enjoying a quiet afternoon in her home just north of Mile 7 and Western roads when she heard a commotion outside and called her cousin, who lives down the street, to make sure she was OK.
“All of a sudden you heard a helicopter and sirens and everything,” Nunez said in Spanish as she pointed toward the wreck. “I had never seen anything like this before. I am a little shocked by this and it’s so scary that over there people died.”
The scene of the wreck was just east of Juarez-Lincoln High School, and school officials placed several school buses just south of the wreck to block the view of the scene.
A probationer was in critical condition Thursday morning after he crashed his pickup truck into a parked SUV in Santa Ana and injured a family of four inside as he was being chased by police while high on methamphetamine, police said.
All four victims– a husband, wife and their 8- and 10-year-old sons, suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash at the intersection of Brown and Garfield streets around 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, said Santa Ana police Cmdr. Eric Paulson.
Officers pulled a male driver over for an unspecified narcotics-related violation, but he sped off, triggering a chase, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.
The man was on probation and later admitted to being high on methamphetamine, he said.
Please remember this community, these families and all of our first responders in your prayers.
A Portland cyclist is suing the city for up to $10,000 for injuries she suffered when a police car drove out of a precinct parking garage and hit her bike a year ago.
The cruiser was going too fast and didn’t have its lights or siren on, Haley Miller alleges in her lawsuit filed last week in Multnomah County Circuit Court.
Des Moines police officials determined that all three officers driving in two April crashes involving squad cars were at fault in the collisions and said all three have been disciplined.
The first wreck occurred April 7 at the intersection of East 12th Street and Washington Avenue, which has a four-way stop sign.
One car was driven by Officer Phil Terrones, who has been with Des Moines police since 1989. The other was driven by Officer Brandon Holtan, who graduated from the police academy in January and was in his final week of field training at the time. Both were headed to a report of shots fired..