Never a routine traffic stop

Day shift #1

The first day shift coming back from a set of holidays always feels like a bit of a catch up day.  I got through some emails, read the last 12 days of reports and answered some routine calls.

Day shift #2

Another fairly routine day with some time to write reports.  I did however take a report of a theft that turned into a far larger matter that involved a complicated civil issue.  Sometimes a call turns out to be something completely different than expected.

Night shift #1

The shift started out looking for and finding vehicles associated with a suspicious circumstance then moving on to taking a statement from someone involved in a serious MVI.  While taking the statement a man barricaded in his home with a weapon came in.  I cleared from the statement and made my way to the house.  The subject came out on his own and was taken into custody.  I helped clear his residence, the male had been paranoid and believed there were people in his attic.  To be thorough we had to get into the attic and search it too.  The male was taken to hospital for assessment.

After we cleared that call I was out on routine patrol and came across an impaired driver.  After providing two roadside samples that failed, he was issued a 90 day driving prohibition and his car was impound for 30 days.  A “quick run” to drop some friends off luckily only ended in his prohibition and not someone being hurt.

Later in the evening I was involved in a traffic stop for a suspicious circumstance where the driver was displaying signs of impairment.  When I demanded (legally requested) he provide a sample of his breath he refused.  Refusing to provide a sample is an offense and under the Immediate Roadside Prohibition program has the same consequence as a fail.  The driver was issued a 90 day prohibition and the vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

I spent the rest of the shift writing reports for the 2 impaired drivers taken off the road.

Night shift #2

The night started with a platoon mate checking on a suspicious vehicle.  The occupant of the vehicle ended up getting out and hitting him starting a brief struggle.  I was first on scene to cover and we took the driver into custody.  I went from there to a couple calls assisting EHS with intoxicated people.

One of the most dangerous things that a patrol officer can do is a traffic stop.  You never know who is in the vehicle or what they may be hiding.  On one stop the passenger gave me a false name and during the investigation he unexpectedly pulled a weapon as I stood beside him in his seat.  Training took over and my reaction was automatic.  Fortunately an armed confrontation was avoided as the driver put the vehicle in gear and fled with the passenger inside.  The suspect has since been identified, he had outstanding warrants and was trying to avoid going back to jail.  He is now in custody.

This is one example of why we do things a certain way and may not always appear to be overly friendly in some situations.  We never know who we’re dealing with or what they may be hiding.  We do things a certain way to keep ourselves and the rest of the public safe.

The better part of the remaining shift was spent doing follow up to identify the armed passenger at the traffic stop.  I did have a chance to break off and help with containment for a stolen truck and boat.  Both the suspects were taken into custody, one by a police dog.

2 very different but very busy nights!

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