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Campbell cop crashes K9 cruiser during chase on expressway



Published: Sat, November 2, 2013 @ 8:30 p.m.

Staff report

CAMPBELL

Campbell police believe they know who one of their officers was chasing when he wrecked his cruiser on the Madison Avenue Expressway in Youngstown.

They are not ready to release the person’s name, but believe he has a warrant for arrest on a second-degree felony charge, said Campbell Detective Sgt. John Rusnak.

“We think that’s why he ran,” Rusnak said Saturday.

The accident occurred at 11:20 p.m. as K9 Officer Eric Manning was pursuing a vehicle on U.S. Route 422 west after he saw the driver commit a traffic offense, Rusnak said.

Manning was on a special detail patrolling for drug activity at the time.

Rusnak said that after the cars turned onto the expressway, Manning lost control and hit the road divider on the wet pavement.

Rusnak said he does not know how fast the cruiser was going. The road was wet, he said.

“We don’t believe it was any wrongdoing on the part of the officer,” he said.

Manning was treated and released at St. Elizabeth Health Center, and the department’s dog, Storm, was taken to a veterinarian, Rusnak said. Both are fine.

The cause of the crash is being investigated.


Comments

1kk80586(220 comments)posted 5 months, 2 weeks ago

“We don’t believe it was any wrongdoing on the part of the officer,”
It's called 'failure to control'. A fallback charge for when no other vehicle is involved and you may or may not have been driving too fast for conditions. It is a simply a charge to collect money for the courts and the cops. If cops were not allowed to speed, a lot of innocent people would be alive today (re: 6 people a couple weeks ago). With the technology today, the radios, cameras, etc. there is no reason for cops to speed. No matter how fast they go, they cannot turn back the clock and almost ALL the time, all they can do is take a report. You hear about cops crashing and killing people all the time but rarely, if ever hear about a cop speeding and actually preventing a crime. I can understand ambulances and firetrucks speeding ( and you rarely ever hear of them crashing), cops not so much.

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2bumslife(28 comments)posted 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Couldn't agree more. Seems like our in"justice system" is really good at inventing charges to throw at the people who pay their salaries in blatant money grabs. How many times have you seen in the Vindy a pure accident and some motorist winds up in a ditch or etc and there's the old "failure to control" and sometimes a few other charges-in cases of pure accidents.

Also, you know as well as I that the cops are above the law. A few years ago, either the state or feds passed something about persons with any history of domestic violence-without convictions-being not allowed to either (can't 'member which) posses or carry concealed handguns. If they applied it equally to cops, how many should have lost their jobs due to not being able to have the main tool of their trade. I'm betting none did. Anywhere in the state. Just throwing an example out there....

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