Trooper outside car hit after driver falls asleep

 

A Utah Highway Patrol trooper was critically injured Monday after he was hit by his own car while standing on I-15 during a three-vehicle crash caused by a driver who fell asleep, investigators said.  Trooper Devin Gurney, 27, who has been with the highway patrol for three years, was taken to Utah Valley Hospital in critical condition, though his injuries are not considered to be life-threatening, according to UHP Sgt. Todd Royce.  "Our greatest concern every day is that our troopers will be safe.  I'm so grateful that injuries for all involved in this crash weren't worse," Department of Public Safety Commissioner Keith Squires said on Twitter Monday.  Gurney had pulled over another vehicle in the far left emergency lane of traffic about 11 a.m.  He was out of his vehicle to conduct the traffic stop when an SUV veered across multiple lanes and slammed into the rear of the trooper's car.  The UHP car was pushed forward during the collision and hit Gurney, said Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Cannon.

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Traffic stop leads to discovery of $1.75M worth of pot

Minnesota drug bust

What started as a traffic stop on Interstate 94 in west-central Minnesota last week resulted in the arrest of three St. Paul men for having nearly 600 pounds of high-grade marijuana in a truck.  According to a criminal complaint filed in Otter Tail County District Court, a Minnesota State Patrol trooper was watching eastbound traffic on I-94 in Fergus Falls on March 1 when he noticed a Ford truck with obstructed license plates.  The trooper pulled the truck over near mile marker 56 and asked two of the three men to wait outside while he spoke to the driver.  The driver said he and the two men, who were his brothers, had flown to California to pick up the truck from his in-laws and were driving back to Minnesota.  However, the driver’s timeline and explanation was contradictory and when the trooper spoke to the other two men, their stories did not match the driver’s timeline of the previous few days, the complaint said.  The truck was eventually towed and searched.  In the truck bed, investigators allegedly found about 18 large duffel bags, each holding about 25 shrink-wrapped packages of high-grade hydroponically grown marijuana.  Investigators estimated the 570 pounds of marijuana has a street value of about $1.75 million.

3/8/17

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CHP Officers find 2 calves crammed in abandoned car

CHP Calves saved 1

It was one of the more unusual calls the California Highway Patrol has received: Someone reported seeing a cow trying to climb out of a small car parked alongside an interstate.  Officers responding Saturday along a mountain pass in Southern California’s Riverside County discovered a calf trying to escape from a Honda Civic’s open trunk.  Another calf was crammed into the floor of the backseat.  Both calves’ hooves were tied.  Investigators say the driver was nowhere to be found.  The car is registered to an address in Tulare County, more than 250 miles away.  Authorities said Monday that the vehicle had not been reported stolen.  It’s been impounded as evidence.  The calves will be cared for at a ranch while officials try to determine who owns them.

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CHP officer pulls 'distraught' teen back from overcrossing

CHP Officer saves jumper

A California Highway Patrol officer pulled a "distraught" 14-year-old girl back from an over crossing over Highway 58 on Friday after it appeared she was going to jump.  Officer Marshall Miller, among several officers called to the scene at 12:05 p.m., saw the teen standing outside the railing of the Fairfax Road over crossing, looking down at the traffic below, officers said.  At 12:26 p.m., after several minutes of talking with the teen and watching her rock forward and peer down at the traffic lanes, Miller saw an opening, officers said.  He quickly lunged toward her, wrapped his arms around her and pulled her back over the railing.  The teen was released to the Kern County Mental Health Evaluation Team for treatment.

3/7/17

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Perfect timing: beer truck crash caught on cam

 

A Nevada Highway Patrol trooper’s dashcam captured an amazing coincidence of timing during a recent crash.  Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Travis Smaka had pulled over a driver for speeding.  “You guys have anything to drink tonight?”  Smaka asks the driver.  As the driver answers, squealing brakes can be heard.  Trooper Smaka and the driver are then pelted with beer bottles and cans.  “Well, over 1,000 pounds of beer shattering and a tidal wave of beer coming at me,” Smaka says.  A truck driver had lost control of his beer rig, spilling his load.

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