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Wheeling Police Cruiser Demolished in Wreck

May 14, 2013

WHEELING — A police officer speeding through North Wheeling in response to a report of gunshots Monday collided with another vehicle, sending the cruiser smashing into a utility pole and landing bot......

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F15Eagle

Jul-03-13 2:34 PM

who put that pole THERE!??! of all places..)

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BelmontStu

May-16-13 12:01 AM

Should have given the telephone pole a ticket for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle.

Seriously, who put it in the middle of the road like that?

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bloomin

May-15-13 10:05 PM

I guess that is why they are called accidents. We are all human. Since I am not a cop, I do not take these risks. I never even considered the use of alcohol or substance. I just think many of these cops/or superiors are ego maniacs and want a piece of fame. Wow, boom in Warwood, gotta get there and be part of. I think officers are encouraged to lie if they make a mistake-never admit. That is what I think happened on Washington Ave. Im betting the gold car was a figment of someones imagination.

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UNCOMMONSENSE

May-15-13 5:53 PM

This reminds me of the time McMechen PD was down in Glendale ("after pencils")when a robbery was occuring in McMechen and they demolished the cruiser trying to get back to where they SHOULD have been!

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F15Eagle

May-15-13 10:57 AM

Getaclue; Get a Clue.. No resting easy until the results of said tests are posted on the City's website as they should be.. public employees = public $$ - even for the tests.. So, Post Them..--theeen we'll rest easy..

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Beaverhausen

May-15-13 8:49 AM

Nevermind. Didn't see a pix of the other person's car.

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Beaverhausen

May-15-13 8:47 AM

Rover...what disabled placard? I can't see one in this picture. However I agree that too many people who use them have no disability other than the inability to put their fork down.

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justmytake

May-15-13 6:37 AM

"One would think that if he/she were a robber, in possession, etc., that they would be sure that they did not have a burned out tail light, did not run a yellow light, etc."

bloomin Timothy McVey was caught because he was driving with an expired license plate.

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rover1958

May-14-13 7:29 PM

@chokingsmoker - Great photo of puzzled policemen.

Yes, all of them 'puzzled' expressions and 'stout', very 'stout' men they are.

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bloomin

May-14-13 4:14 PM

One would think that if he/she were a robber, in possession, etc., that they would be sure that they did not have a burned out tail light, did not run a yellow light, etc. Then again, it is the ohio valley, where robbers put toilet paper over their license plates and drive away.

When I taught my kids to drive, I taught them defensive driving skills, little did I know that the biggest danger would be them being the target of the wheeling police cruiser. If there aiming at people, they have a good record.

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richardwhee

May-14-13 2:33 PM

Well!! At least the "2 man to a cruiser" is gone. Only one injury.

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ovresident

May-14-13 12:46 PM

public intoxication, panhandling, trespassing, jaywalking, and others ... are NOT ridiculous arrests, you would be Surprised how many are inititally stopped for these reasons, and then after discovery are arrested with possession, distribution, brandishing, and burglary. Not everyone they stop is doing something that serious, but they have to stop them first to find out

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GETACLUE

May-14-13 12:10 PM

F15Eagle...

Any city employee that is involved in a motor vehicle accident is drug tested,( as per city policy) so now you can rest easy.

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rover1958

May-14-13 11:31 AM

Good thing they don't have the 'two cop' rule for cruisers anymore. Would more than doubled risk of serious or fatal results (passenger airbag deployment failure, side impact for head as car spun out of control hitting various objects).

Check out the woman with the 'disabled' placard. Seems every woman of shopping age has one and this one seems too lazy to remove it while vehicle is underway as is the law. I'd also check who exactly the placard is for (dead grandma?)

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bloomin

May-14-13 11:23 AM

I hope there was not serious injuries. The officer being disoriented and fainting after the accident is not a good indication, and often injuries are not immediately discovered. Glad there was no pedestrians in the path to be injured.

accousticportal is right. The idea of one officer per car is for greater coverage and quicker response, not taking undue risks to make often frivilous arrests. A course in crisis management might be good. The city will absorb this workmans comp claim and there is potential for 2 lawsuits here, again at the cities expense. These repeated accidents and "near misses" others are witnessing seem to be making a statement about the one vs two person cruiser.

I just hope that neither party is permenantly injured and both recover well.

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F15Eagle

May-14-13 9:19 AM

Looks like a pretty darn nasty wreck.. Breathalyzed? - Drug Tested? - Physical Exam? MRI?..anyone else would have had to complete at least 1 of these tests..

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mikeyd

May-14-13 9:18 AM

one way to get new cruisers.

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nicetry

May-14-13 9:05 AM

I know the police officer who drove the cruser. He is a good person and this is going to bother him for a long time. The last thing he wants to do is hurt someone. Get well soon Mikey!!!

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Hefner

May-14-13 8:57 AM

Hopefully both drivers will fully recover. The article is unclear. Was the cruiser passing the black Taurus or was the Taurus in the opposite lane? What is obvious is that the officer needs to take a course in responding to an incident and also one in crises management.

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Johnson2616

May-14-13 8:57 AM

"fainted", I think a blood/alcohol test should have been taken; willing to bet one would have been requested if driver was'nt a police officer.

Driving with handicap placard hanging from rearview mirrow is against the law (read the warning on the placard) and this might be one reason why.

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acousticportal

May-14-13 8:46 AM

Speeding, following innocent citizens too closely, improper parking...and #1 - police saturation in our community..the ratio of cruisers to population/area doesn't make sense.

I see the number of public intoxication, panhandling, trespassing, jaywalking, and other ridiculous arrests are being made. Please focus on the real issues. I understand there's a lot of money to be made, but we all have to live together...please be reasonable in your arrests.

That being said..thank goodness no one was seriously hurt.

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kmd0302

May-14-13 8:00 AM

Thank goodness it wasn't worse than it was! Thank goodness an elderly person was not crossing the street. I know that it was an important call but is that a reason to speed thru a heavily congested area? Saw that happen in the same area last week with the cruiser going extremely fast and when he got to 10th and Main he made a turn from the far right hand lane almost taking out three vehicles. Not good

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idliketoknow

May-14-13 7:55 AM

I understand the urgency to respond to a call, but you're usless if you never make it there. Slow the f*** down!! I can't tell you how many near misses I've seen with cruisers responding to calls and other motorists on the road.

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