Hit And Run: Chicago Illinois Police Van Ran Down Pedestrians And Drove Away – Caught On Video

May 21, 2012

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – At approximately 10:40 p.m. on Saturday, May 19th, 2012 a Chicago Police van drove into a crowd of demonstrators who were attempting to cross westbound over the Jackson Street bridge at the Chicago River.

Chicago Police van number 6751, accelerated as it passed through the crowd, striking several people and seriously injuring one victim who was later transported to the emergency room. The extent of the victim’s injuries are not known.

The driver of the van made no attempt to ascertain the condition of any of the people that were struck. Witnesses watched as the van passed through the phalanx of police surrounding the scene and drove away from the area. Had there been a civilian driving, they would certainly have been charged with a hit-and-run on a pedestrian in the roadway and taken into custody once they had been apprehended.

No order to disperse had been given to the crowd. The van was running it’s siren, however police vans in close proximity to the rear of the crowd had been running their sirens all day, so it was not immediately noticed that the van was intending to pass through the crowd. The occupants of the van made no attempt to use the public address loudspeakers to warn those in their path.

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Des Moines Iowa Police Offcer Brandon Singleton Fired After Hit And Run Accident, Posssession Of Methamphetamine, And Sleeping On The Job

May 17, 2012

DES MOINES IOWA – A Des Moines police officer arrested last month for drug possession has been fired from the Des Moines Police Department.

Des Moines Police Chief Judy Bradshaw terminated Officer Brandon Singleton’s employment Wednesday morning, three weeks after authorities arrested him following a hit and run accident.

He had been on paid leave since April 24.

“The most important thing between a police department and citizens is trust,” Bradshaw said Wednesday. “We recognize one individual has impacted and diminished that trust. But this is not reflective of the rest of our men and women, who are committed to their job.”

Singleton is charged with causing a hit and run accident, possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. While much of the focus has been on the drug charges, Singleton ultimately was fired for a laundry list of administrative offenses including sleeping on duty, leaving the area of his assignment, vehicle accidents and failing to meet various standards of personal conduct.

He also was terminated for violating the city’s alcohol and drug abuse policy, which says employees may not possess illegal substances, report to work while their ability to perform the job is impaired by drug or alcohol use or use drugs or alcohol at work.

Officials would not release precisely which of those tenets Singleton violated because the termination is a personnel issue.

Officials said they couldn’t divulge whether Singleton had been tested for drugs that night as part of the internal investigation because of personnel policies and medical privacy laws.

But the department’s investigation was “very thorough,” said Des Moines Police Sgt. Chris Scott. Authorities had said they didn’t believe he had the drugs for law enforcement purposes.

Officials also declined to say whether Singleton had any previous disciplinary issues.

Police launched both internal and criminal investigations April 24. That morning, Singleton apparently crashed his squad car around 1 a.m. in the 3800 block of East Ovid Avenue and drove away.

More than five hours later, he told dispatchers he needed help changing a tire in the 2600 block of Dean Avenue – more than three miles away.

A police supervisor noticed damage to the patrol car didn’t match Singleton’s description of what happened and an officer spotted marijuana in the car, officials said. A search turned up meth and drug paraphernalia, authorities said.

The criminal investigation is still ongoing.

Singleton’s attorney has said the former officer suffers from narcolepsy and post traumatic stress disorder.

He has 14 days to appeal the chief’s decision.

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Veteran El Paso County Texas Deputy Sheriff Raymundo Carranza Quits After Deadly Hit And Run Accident – Killed Motorist Changing A Flat Tire

May 16, 2012

EL PASO, TEXAS -Veteran West Texas law enforcement officer Raymundo Carranza resigned after he was charged in a deadly hit-and-run traffic accident that occurred while he was off duty.

Officials say Carranza was an El Paso County Sheriff’s deputy for 17 years.

He resigned Monday as he faces a charge of accident involving injury or death.

Carranza was driving his personal vehicle when Richard Lopez, 26, was struck and killed Saturday while he was changing a flat tire.

Investigators say toxicology results are pending for Carranza, who later returned to the scene of the accident and was arrested.

He’s free on $25,000 bond.

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El Paso County Texas Deputy Sheriff Raymundo Carranza Arrested, Suspended, Charged After Hit And Run That Nearly Killed His Victim

May 12, 2012

EL PASO, TEXAS – El Paso Police said an off-duty El Paso County Sheriff’s deputy is responsible for colliding with a pedestrian, killing him early Saturday.

Authorities said the pedestrian was changing a tire to his Honda Civic. At the same time Raymundo Carranza, who has been identified as an off-duty El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputy, drove a 2007 Honda Ridgeline eastbound on Spur 601.

Carranza struck the pedestrian and his Honda Civic killing the pedestrian before fleeing the scene in his vehicle.

While STI officers were investigating this collision, Carranza returned to the scene. Authorities arrested him and placed him under arrest. They booked him on one count of an Accident Involving Personal Injury or Death. His bond is $25,000.

Investigators are awaiting toxicology results to determine if alcohol is a contributing factor in this deadly collision.

El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles was notified of the incident and had Carranza relieved of duty and placed on administrative leave without pay pending their internal investigation.

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Des Moines Police Officer Brandon Singleton Crashed Patrol Car, Took Off, Five Hours Latter Needed Help Changing Tire, And Other Officers Found Meth And Pot In His Car – Previously Arrested On Drug Charges

April 25, 2012

DES MOINES, IOWA – A Des Moines police officer had methamphetamine and marijuana in his patrol car Tuesday morning when he was involved in at least his second traffic accident during almost five years with the department, authorities said.

Officer Brandon Singleton, 28, of Pleasant Hill crashed into a vehicle on the city’s east side, then drove away, police said. He allegedly misled co-workers about the details of the accident and was later arrested.

Police said it didn’t appear Singleton had the drugs in his car for legitimate reasons. He was charged with drug possession and a traffic offense.Singleton and the city of Des Moines also are being sued over a 2010 traffic accident.

Police Sgt. Chris Scott said Singleton apparently crashed his vehicle around 1 a.m. Tuesday in the 3800 block of East Ovid Avenue. A neighbor told police he heard a noise and saw a police car at the scene.

Over five hours later, at 6:34 a.m., Singleton told dispatchers he needed help changing a tire in the 2600 block of Dean Avenue — over three miles away. A police supervisor noticed damage on the patrol car that didn’t add up with Singleton’s description of what had happened: The car had two flat tires and some body damage, Scott said.

An officer allegedly spotted marijuana in the car. That prompted a search that turned up meth and drug paraphernalia, police said. Scott said there was no indication Singleton was under the influence of any illegal substance when he was arrested, although a long time had passed since the accident.

Scott did not specify how much meth and marijuana was found, but he said the amounts led police to think the drugs were for personal use, rather than part of an investigation or an arrest.

The investigation was already in progress when the owner of the damaged car from the hit-and-run called police Tuesday morning. Officers examined the damage to both vehicles and concluded that Singleton was involved, Scott said.

He did not have information on where Singleton may have been between the initial accident and his call for service.

Scott said he could not comment on Singleton’s history with the department, which he joined in 2007. He did say that Singleton was known as a “hard worker” among the officers on his shift.

Singleton is charged with possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as hit-and-run. He was booked at the Polk County Jail about 4:50 p.m. Tuesday, but he was released at 5:20 p.m. on the condition that he attends court proceedings. No initial court date was available. He was not required to post bond, the Polk County Sheriff‘s Office said.

Police placed Singleton on paid leave pending an investigation. His most recent salary was not available Tuesday.

Polk County court records show a Brandon Singleton the same age as the Des Moines officer was arrested for misdemeanor cocaine possession in 2003 — a charge that Polk County authorities later declined to prosecute in 2004.

Singleton was hired by the Des Moines police department in 2007.

Singleton, and the city of Des Moines, also face a trial in May in a civil lawsuit stemming from a 2010 traffic accident with a woman who was driving past Singleton’s stopped police car. Attorney John Nemminger said Jo Ann Meyer was driving on Southeast 14th Street when Singleton pulled into traffic and struck her vehicle. The incident caused less than $1,000 of damage, Nemminger said, but was fatal to Meyer’s older-model car.

“He seemed like a pretty good guy, frankly,” Nemminger said of the officer. “He was honest and forthright about his part of it.”

Court records show Brandon Singleton, 28, also faces a foreclosure lawsuit on a Pleasant Hill townhome. Records show the homeowners’ association won a small claims judgment against him last September for $2,420 in unpaid fees.

Scott, the police spokesman, declined to release any recordings from Singleton’s vehicle or radio communications, saying they were evidence for the investigation.

He said officials do review the criminal histories of prospective police officers. In the case of past drug use or arrests, Scott said, the department looks at factors including frequency and the length of time that has passed since a person used a drug or was arrested.

While Scott was not aware of Singleton’s 2003 drug arrest, he said that any committee hiring him as an officer would have reviewed the charge.

“I’m sure that the committee that hired him felt that he’d made a bad mistake and he’d learned from it and moved on,” he said.

Scott said he could not remember a similar incident during his 11 years with Des Moines police.

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Fayetteville North Carolina Police Officer Matthew U’ren Arrested And Suspended After Drunken Wreck/Hit And Run

January 6, 2012

FAYETTEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – A Fayetteville police officer was arrested early Friday and charged with driving while impaired, misdemeanor hit and run and reckless driving after he wrecked his car and failed to contact police, officials with the Fayetteville Police Department said.

Investigators say Matthew U’ren, 25, crashed his personal car, a 2004 Chevrolet Impala, into a guardrail at the end of Camden Road, near Whitfield Street, around 11 p.m. Thursday.

U’ren called a private towing company and had his vehicle removed from the scene. Neither he nor the towing company notified a law enforcement agency, investigators said.

“They have 24 hours to notify the city that they have towed a vehicle inside our jurisdiction,” said Sgt. Todd Joyce, who declined to release the name of the towing company.

Police say U’ren called a friend to drive him home and that person called police. Officers arrested U’ren at his home and took him to the Cumberland County Detention Center, where he registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.12. Under North Carolina law, a driver is considered impaired with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08.

He was released on a promise to appear in court.

U’ren has been employed with the Fayetteville Police Department for a year and a half and was assigned to the Cross Creek district. He has been placed on administrative leave, without pay, pending an internal investigation.

“We’re not going to turn our heads away from that, just because he’s an officer here at the department,” Joyce said. “He’s held in a higher standard, you know. We’re going to treat the matter just as we would had it been any other citizen involved in an accident.”

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Confused And “Suffering From A Medical Condition” Kennett Township Pennsylvania Police Chief Albert J. McCarthy Gets Away With A Hit And Run Accident After Rear-Ending Another Vehicle With Patrol Car While On Duty

October 12, 2011

KENNETT TOWNSHIP, PENNSYLVANIA – The Kennett Township, Chester County police chief rear-ended another vehicle while on patrol last week, then left the scene and returned to it after hearing the 911 dispatch, state police said Tuesday.

In an incident report released Monday, state police from the Avondale barracks said the crash caused by Kennett Township Police Chief Albert J. McCarthy occurred Oct. 4 at 12:33 p.m. on southbound Route 82, south of McFarlan Road. McCarthy, “suffering from a medical condition, lost focus, and struck the rear” of a 2000 Jeep driven by Paula a. Shapre, 38, of Hockessin, De. No charges have filed against him.

Trooper Corey Monthei, a state police spokesman, said Tuesday that investigators had concluded that McCarthy, “had no intention of avoiding responsibility” when he left the scene and showed no signs of alcohol impairment.

“There’s no reason to dispute that he was anything but confused, suffering from an illness,” Monthei said, adding that privacy laws prevented him from elaborating.

He said McCarthy, who was on patrol in his 2008 Crown Victoria police vehicle, did not know he had hit the other vehicle. He returned after the other driver called 911, not realizing that he was responding to a crash he had caused, Monthei said. When state police arrived about 20 minutes later, McCarthy was at the scene and “cooperated fully,” Monthei said.

Allan F. Falcoff, chairman of the Kennett Township board of supervisors, said McCarthy, whom he described as “a valuable asset,” is on sick leave.

“We’re waiting to hear from his doctor about what happened,” Falcoff said of the “low-speed” collision. “Then we’ll go from there.”

According to the police report, both drivers were wearing seatbelts. Monthei described the damage to both vehicles as minor.

He said in cases like McCarthy’s, where no criminal conduct has occurred, sometimes PennDot may take action, such as requiring a driving test or suspending a license.

Falcoff said if it turns out that McCarthy is unable to drive, the township will explore ways in which he could keep his position.

For the past four years, McCarthy, a well-known presence in the township of approximately 7,500 residents, has served as a one-man department, acting as chief, patrol officer, traffic cop, lead detective, and chief arbiter.

“He’s probably most valuable . . . in what I call his role as chaplain,” said Falcoff. “He ends up settling a lot of disputes that might have escalated; he just has a way with people.”

Before working for Kennett Township, McCarthy was a long time officer with the Kennett Square force.

McCarthy joined the Kennett Square force as a patrolman in 1973 and became the borough’s chief in 1988. He continued in that position until a contentious parting that culminated with his resignation in September 2007 – and litigation over back pay McCarthy said he was owed. The federal case was dismissed in May 2010 “without cost to either party,” according to court records.

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