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Video: Florida Officer Cited for On-Duty Crash During Stolen Car Pursuit

May 19, 2016  | 

VIDEO: Florida Officer Cited for Crash During Stolen Car Pursuit

An Ocoee, FL, police officer collided with a woman’s vehicle while chasing two armed robbery suspects last week, and has now been ticketed by the Florida Highway Patrol.

The officer reportedly ran a red light at an intersection while traveling 90 mph last Thursday with lights and sirens on while chasing two armed suspects, reports WESH.

The officer crashed into a vehicle that had the green light. The driver of the vehicle, Yahaira Castro Montalvo, 26, suffered two broken arms and plans to file a lawsuit, she said at a news conference on Wednesday, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

Ocoee police say the officer suffered multiple broken bones and remains hospitalized, reports the Associated Press.

Comments (11)

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Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 5/19/2016 4:13 PM

Sounds like the Officer has already suffered enough for his mistake. Was a citation really neccesary? I don't think so. I feel sorry for the woman who got two broken arms out of it, but, why file a lawsuit. In her case, I wouldn't.

kevcopAz @ 5/19/2016 5:50 PM

if the officer was going 90 mph thru a red light, he is lucky none was killed, him or the women. Im sure he violated departmental policy as well as the law. I know of zero reason why any officer would go 90 mph thru a red light, thats insane. He should be prosecuted, he sure would have been if the lady died. Perhaps the law there would allow prosecution for aggravated assault, recklessness. I am a 35+ yr veteran and hate when cops are wrongly accused or prosecuted for mainly political reasons. This is not the case based upon your article. I am sad when any officer is prosecuted but this one seems reckless. We should all stand up for victims when LEOs act in a reckless or criminal manner or why should the citizens trust us to be fair and impartial during investigations like this. We have to police the police at times,sad but true.The department better terminate, since if they retain him and he has an at fault collision where someone is hurt,they will lose big due to negligent recention

notmeofficer @ 5/19/2016 6:04 PM

Interesting... will "when operating with due regard and care" be pierced?.... yes... will limited immunity for the department be pierced... yes..probably
Will the officer lose his job? Historically maybe not.. today... probably....

This will be an interesting case to follow... as to whether the officer will be held personally civilly liable... my guess is... yes

Let's be careful out there...injuring innocent people is the last thing any of us would ever want to do...
90 mph thru a red is so far outside of any policy or any basic officer survival to raise the question... who trained him... and who was monitoring the pursuit... there's a department that's liable too...and a field sergeant..and a watch commander..and fellow coppers... we help each other not lose our job... let's be effective about it...

Sad..and a loss all the way around

Tom Ret @ 5/19/2016 6:20 PM

Officers need to slow down for intersections at a speed slow enough to stop if necessary to avoid what happened in this case even if it allows the robbers to escape. Going through an intersection at 90 is throwing the dice whether you will make it out the other side without hitting someone especially if you are blowing a red light and there is visible traffic on the road. Poor judgement on the part of the officer appears to be the case here. I would bet this is an inexperienced officer with less than 5 years on as I would hope most veteran officers know that if you kill or injure someone in your quest to get a suspect few if any will be patting you on the back for a good effort, especially the public and your actions will be closely scrutinized for reasonableness. Those of us who have served decades working the street know this was foolhardy.

Nightstalker @ 5/19/2016 7:02 PM

When anyone goes code 3, you need to come to a rolling stop and look both ways and continue, When i was a firefighter with my own lights and siren i was very careful driving code.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 5/19/2016 8:39 PM

You're "comments" and "opinions" aren't valid because you're just trying to get everyone riled up. I, at least, am posting my honest opinion, even if I am wrong (which I sometimes am!). Is mark really mark? Or is mark another name for Percy?

John retired IA PD @ 5/19/2016 9:19 PM

With all the traffic at the intersection it is a miracle that no one was killed. You can't help anyone if you don't arrive safely. I hate to see a fellow LEO use bad judgement, but that appears to be the case here. He is very fortunate that his actions did not cause a death.

Islander13 @ 5/20/2016 10:54 PM

Alternate view: Police Unit #1 approached the intersection with at least its overheads on, cautiously. Montalvo failed to yield to that unit because she either didn't see the lights (DWHUA), or figured she had a green light and that was more important than whatever emergency the officer was going to (Aggravated Arrogant Stupidity), or something even more ridiculous.

You guys did a great job of trashing the officer in Police Unit #2. I just hate it when everyone says the "correct" thing, with no opposing view. Now, carry on with your feeding frenzy.

Peace Officer since 1979

Mark @ 5/21/2016 11:49 AM

I like how my comments were deleted. Nice. I know this site is for a bunch of police cheerleaders and you can only go so far with your dissenting opinion even when you are a cop yourself. Just delete everyone's comments here then. Everybody disagree's with this officer but two people.

No Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. I have been subscribing to the magazine, reading and commenting on this site way before you and "Percy." Percy is a d-bag but you can be too on the opposite side of the spectrum. Way to duck the questions and come back with an ad hominem. That means you lost any debate and argument here. I have been a police officer and a Special Agent for Treasury/Homeland Security. Where have you worked? Or are you just some wanna be that is so biased you have to post cheerleader comments under every single article on this site?

aaron @ 5/23/2016 11:10 AM

ok the second officer should have slowed down this we all agree on however the first officer arrived at the intersection code three and gave due regard for public safety, perhaps the second officer assumed ( yes i know what happens when you do that ) however montalvo would not have been hit if she had yielded the right of way to the first officer then the actions of the second officer would not be here being debated. Bob i agree 100 percent with you mark i wouldnt admit i was an agent for homeland security when i am trying to make a statement to a group of law enforcement officers who got boot to ground everyday.

Mark @ 5/23/2016 8:37 PM


I am not trying to make a statement to any group. I was simply calling out Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. who is THE FIRST to comment under every single article on this web site and every comment is so biased and pro police it's not funny. Even when there is a better chance than not the police may have been wrong in the articles. The guy makes us look bad. That's all.

Are you trying to say at the end that only patrol officers are real cops and every other LEO out there isn't?

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