Traffic Stop/Traffic Violation

Vest Saves Officer during Traffic Stop

 
An officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for an observed traffic violation. The officer followed procedure and notified dispatch of his location and provided a description of the vehicle. The officer was unable to provide the dispatcher with a license plate number, but he reported that the plate was likely issued by the state of Ohio.

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Holster Retention Issue during Foot Pursuit of Armed Subject

 
A specialty unit officer was performing surveillance on violent gang members. One known subject left in a vehicle, and after officers observed traffic offenses (and confirmed the subject had a suspended license), an attempt to stop the subject was made. The vehicle/suspect refused to stop and fled for 6-8 blocks before the driver and passenger bailed out on foot.

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Failure to Use Headlights Almost Leads to Motorcycle Crash

 
I was working motorcycle enforcement during evening hours. I pulled over to assist another motor officer on a traffic stop. This was at a time when Kawasaki 1000 police motorcycles allowed officers to manually turn off headlights. I dimmed to parking lights so as not to illuminate the other officer during driver contact.

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Motorist Nearly Hits Officer Conducting Traffic Stop

 
A fellow officer was on a nighttime traffic stop on a heavily traveled road when a vehicle failed to move over or slow down and nearly struck her.

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Maintain Situational Awareness on “Routine” Traffic Stops

 
I made a traffic stop of a local resident and determined subject had an active warrant for his arrest. While attempting to make the arrest, I was so zoned in on the subject, I placed myself with my back to the highway.

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Failure to Search Subject during Vehicle Search

 
After arresting a warrant subject from the driver’s seat, deputy 1 took the arrestee to a patrol car for search incident to arrest. Deputy 2 & 3 remained with the violator’s vehicle in order to remove passengers and search the vehicle.

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Van Nearly Strikes Officer during Nighttime Traffic Stop

 
I conducted a traffic stop for a suspected DUI. As I was interacting with and evaluating the driver early in the contact (and with the driver still in the car), I heard a vehicle approaching from behind.

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Suspended Driver Shoots Officer During Traffic Stop

 
This incident occurred in May 1995 at 0230 in the morning. I received a radio call about a person at a [diner] who refused to pay their bill. Initial contact with the subject suggested he was very timid, and the manager just wanted him to be put out.

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Patrol Officer Dodges Bullet During Traffic Stop

 
A patrol officer pulled over a vehicle in a routine traffic stop. As soon as the officer reached the driver side window, the driver pulled a gun and fired at the officer.

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Collision during Misdemeanor Pursuit in Icy Conditions

 
Patrol officer was pursuing a vehicle to apprehend the driver, who was wanted for a misdemeanor warrant. The weather conditions were poor and the street surface was covered by snow and ice. The suspect vehicle crossed a major intersection with the officer close behind.

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