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5 days without pay for 2 cops

Published: Fri, March 18, 2011 @ 12:08 a.m.

I-680 chase in Jan. violated YPD policy

By John W. Goodwin Jr.



Two city officers violated departmental policy and the city’s code of conduct and will get five days off without pay for a police chase through the city in January.

Lt. Douglas Bobovnyik and Lt. Jason Simon are suspended without pay from Saturday through March 23 after an internal-affairs review.

Both officers signed a form waiving a predetermination hearing and grievance procedures and accepted the discipline from Chief Jimmy Hughes.

Neither officer will be permitted to work as a city officer or perform any side police work during the suspension.

According to information obtained from city records, the officers were suspended for violations of the city’s pursuit policy and violations of the city’s code of conduct.

Hughes was not available to comment Thursday.

According to the internal-affairs investigation, Simon was traveling in the area of Salt Springs Road and Tyrell Avenue on the city’s West Side on Jan. 13 with a civilian ride-along passenger in the vehicle when he noticed a car fail to make a complete stop at a stop sign and also fail to use a turn signal when turning onto Salt Springs.

The investigation determined that Simon pursed the vehicle even after the car entered Interstate 680 going the wrong direction.

According to the report, Simon and the suspect car were traveling southbound on I-680 in the northbound lane.

The report goes on to say that Bobovnyik was traveling north on I-680 en route to assist Simon but reversed his position when he noticed Simon chasing the car in the wrong direction on 680. Bobovnyik began trailing Simon and the pursued auto.

The pursuit continued at speeds reaching 80 to 100 mph on roads thinly covered with snow, according to the report.

The suspect car eventually crossed into the southbound lane of 680 and left the freeway at Western Reserve Road.

Other officers, including Boardman police units, joined the pursuit as the driver of the suspect car got back on the freeway northbound and ultimately crashed at the exit ramp at Salt Springs Road.

Internal-affairs officers investigating the pursuit said Simon and Bobovnyik should have realized the outcome of the pursuit, based on the driver’s actions in the suspect car, would be some type of accident, since the driver was traveling the wrong way.

The city’s pursuit policy, in part, states the following:

“All police officers of this department must always be aware that police motor-vehicle pursuits may result in traffic accidents involving the officer, the fleeing suspect, an innocent bystander or vehicle or any combination of these three.

“It is for these reasons that each officer must weigh the seriousness of the situation against the hazards to the health and welfare of other citizens.”


1Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Once again the criminal wins. Unreal.

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2AtownParent(565 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

This is just ridiculous. Suspended for trying to get a criminal off the streets. Non-criminals don't run from police for failing to stop at a stop sign!

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3Askmeificare(1167 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Who cares about the,"... hazards to the health and welfare ..." of criminals?

Hello Jim Hughes - My tax dollars should go to cops chasing and capturing criminals in Youngstown and Mahoning County.

Change the city’s pursuit policy.

I understand the health and welfare of the innocent public, but my money is on the great police officers that had their lights and siren going to alert other vehicle traffic about the dire situation taking place.

I wish I could afford to buy those two officers AND their families a free vacation to Walt Disney World for the one week they are off.

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4steveo56(2 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

A Srg who violated pursuit policy for a minor traffic violation and killed an innocent person was not suspended Yet these officers were? I never liked this Chef... 90% of the time he doesn't even know whats going on and that was apparent when he embarrassed this community, By not knowing any facts of the YSU shooting and going on TV... He's the mayor's puppet and as much as I don't like Phil Chance... The fact that his own police chef didn't stand up for him when a drunk 18 year old hit him with a car is disgusting. He was right along side with our wonderful mayor kissing up to the kids family.

In the end the FBI and The City Cleared the cop and said it was a Clean shooting... Yet, This Timmnigs kid, who deserved to go to prison walked. I DO NOT LIKE PHIL CHANCE... BUT how do you go with the Mayor to meet with the kids family after he hit a police officer with a car... and how do you not stand up your men when they need you? Take some public speaking lessons and retire, you mumbling idiot before you suspend two good cops for doing good police work.


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5Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Simply a crackdown on subculture intimidation . This is 2011 and the subculture has extended rights to pursue their goals without police harrasment .

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6Mahcntyvoter(30 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

There was a little more to the story of the kid dragging the cop but it still should not give anyone the right to do that to a person in uniform.

Police officers used to be one of the top ten most dangerous professions and not because of being assaulted or being shot. It was because of motor vehicle accidents. Since most departments have adapted laws to reduce high speed chases police officers have fallen off the 10 most dangerous job list.

We are always under the impression that police officers are most likely to be shot or assaulted when actually the are very low on the list for these acts. You are more likely to be a victom of a crime like this if you are in retail, a cab driver or in health care (most ER or psych hospitals).

I am all for the criminals getting caught but I really don't want to see a good officers life taken to do it.

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7steveo56(2 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Trust me, me and 2 of my friends were standing at the Gia's Pizza Stand in the Pal Joey's lot on that night... What the media reported and what the officer said happened... Is the 100% Truth. Ive said it before and i'll say it again, I Don't like Phil Chance and if i wasent standing there when he shot this kid i would agree he probably in the wrong but I saw him get hit. But the fact that the
"The Mumbling Idiot" didn't stand up for his patrolmen is pathetic. But i bet u if his was his Park Police son in the same situation it he would have supported him.

The best thing for Youngstown came yesterday when he announced his retirement. Maybe we will get an old-school chief that will stand up for his officers and not the criminals. I agree that if a officer is wrong, he deserves to be punished, but This chiefs history is to take the side of the criminal... or whatever side the mayor wants him to take!

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