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Fla. Trooper's 100 mph Wrong Way Pursuit

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper has resigned, after policy violations including pursuing a violator the wrong way on a highway at speeds exceeding 100 mph. Read the full story here.

June 21, 2012

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Chief Powell @ 6/21/2012 7:10 PM

Policy is policy, but this is what is wrong with our world today. The bad-guy seems to have more rights than we do. Here in Texas, we would have simply shot the car off the road.

bman @ 6/21/2012 7:18 PM

If those were legit policy violations and not "recommended practices" then I can see a write up, suspension and retraining in pursuit driving and agency policy and maybe a probatiobary period of no more than 6 months but FHP likes to be politically correct and the video looks bad so instead of saying the car was blacked out and wreckless from the get go and the trooper was trying to do his job, they go with the b s argument that he wouldnt be wreckless if we werent chasing him.

wofpup @ 6/21/2012 10:21 PM

Question: The department doesn't allow officers to run stop signs, red lights or violate other vehicle codes while pursuing suspects or rolling code 3? Heck, let's tell all violators to run red lights and not stop for emergency lights because LE can't chase them. Something is wrong with the department policy. As for the supervisors, how can they determine what the officer would have done? Answer, they can't unless they have ESP. They are speculating, with no facts of evidence he would have continued the chase. As for not hearing the radio, he was caught up in the pursuit, while driving at high speeds. It sounds like the suspect wasn't the blame but the trooper was...Hmmmm, there's something wrong with this department.

Brian @ 6/22/2012 5:45 AM

Amen Wofpup! 4am pursuit !!!!! Why is the perp running? Lets handcuff the cops more.....Maybe they should do like Brevard County Florida and supply their officers with the Smart car!

mike @ 6/22/2012 6:29 AM

I'm glad I'm NOT in a right-to-work state. Workers do have rights here and are not subject to political, knee-jerk firings.

Juan 10-13 @ 6/22/2012 6:34 AM

The Trooper had every right under the Color of his sworn job to stop that Mutt!!!! I guess his bosses can also speculate the mutt running from the POLICE is not a felon,child molester,murderer. They need to be put behind a desk and make them a house mouse for crying out loud!!!! Kudos to you brother your bosses don't have any cojones to be COPS!

chief @ 6/22/2012 7:26 AM

I don't see what the trooper did wrong. There was no traffic that I seen and when he was going the wrong way the trafic was light. I think the white shirts had it in for this Trooper.

S. Mayer @ 6/22/2012 8:36 AM

Law Enforcement are the Sheepdogs of society. The fleeing suspect is no doubt a wolf. The motoring public are the sheep. A true Sheepdog never hurts the sheep, EVER! He/She never puts the sheep in harms way. That would go against his/her prime directive; the Sheepdog protects the sheep. In this case the wolf is speeding. At the end of the day that's all it is, a speeding violation. Before I run the risk of hurting the sheep, which I love, I'll let the wolf go. The wolf will eventually get caught. Those wolves are always hungry, and the Sheepdogs are always ready to pounce on a hungry wolf. No doubt the wolfs time will come.

Robocop @ 6/22/2012 8:57 AM

At first I was in agreement that maybe termination was called for but after watching the video, not so sure. At 4am the traffic in the residential areas was nil and the Trooper could see any traffic if it had been there. The driving on the Interstate the wrong way at speed, bad decision. I also want to know why he was chasing him to start with as that has a lot to do with judgement on chasing. Not sure he should have been terminated, especially with the cost of replacing him etc. Maybe a week or two suspension and placing him on probation for 6 months might have been enough to ram some sense into him to make better decisions by looking at the big picture.

badger state cop @ 6/22/2012 9:52 AM

There's alot more to his resignation than just this pursuit. There's a lengthy article about multiple policy violations from other incidents by this same trooper.

DEADMAN @ 6/22/2012 12:28 PM

I would think that from an anal retentive dept.,like this one,multiple policy violations could include eating two donuts instead of one during his meal break,stepping on a supervisors toes,winking at the deputy chief and failure to kiss the appropiate butt at the pre-ordained spot,dept.,can make up all kinds of serious sounding violations that don't amount to a cup of warm pis-.On anal retentive depts.,you have anal retentive supervisors who can only think in anal retentive ways,in others words,you're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't,flip a coin today.

Bluevixen @ 6/22/2012 12:47 PM

Ok, let's be fair, we don't know the entire situation here, so based on the information that has been released, the trooper was totally in the wrong for going the wrong way on the interstate. Granted the suspect has no regard for anyone as he is driving the wrong way but our job is to "protect" the community not put it in more danger. The trooper could have broadcast the suspect's actions, and requested an air ship to track him. Additionally, other troopers could have entered the interstate, heading the right way, and possibly encountered the suspect and apprehended him that way. Yes, we are all "Monday morning quarterbacking" but these are the things that officers need to think about before taking actions. Furthermore, if the trooper violated policy by running through red lights and stop signs, could it be because he was ordered to terminate the pursuit prior to committing the violations? Before we acquit or convict this trooper for his actions we have to take into consideration we are only getting a synopsis of the incident. Nevertheless, I am thankful no one was injured or killed in this incident and I wish the trooper the best as he journey through this ordeal and try to return to his life prior to this incident.

jwagse30 @ 6/22/2012 3:52 PM

I agree with all, our hands are tied and the bad guys have all the rights. I am glad I am getting closer to retirement 34 years and seen this job go from we could get the bad guy to well be easy on him and try not to mess up his hair. I could see the Trooper getting a couple of days off but for the state to let or make it go so far as havin a well trained officer quit his job because of a bad guy thats for the birds. The next time someone needs a policeman tell them to call their local mayor, governor, state rep or even better then that call another bad guy to handle the mess since they will not do anything to him.

Chance Wolf @ 6/23/2012 7:17 AM

@badger state cop -- after watching the video etc. -- it does seem that this must've been the 'last straw' in terms of the dept.'s dealings with this particular officer.

KCPD @ 6/28/2012 5:40 PM

Certainly not worth a firing.....

zarr257 @ 7/22/2012 2:08 AM

You have to b kidding me! I for one am very glad I do not work for this dept.

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