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Stop Stick® January Hit of the Month 2024: Collier County Sheriff’s Office [FL]

March 28, 2024

By: Zach Madden

Category: Stop Stick Hit of the Month

Stop Stick® Heroes: January 2024 Hit of the Month


Read about the exceptional police officers who used Stop Sticks® to safely end pursuits in January
“Hit of the Month” is Stop Stick, Ltd.’s program to recognize truly outstanding performance results coming from the successful deployment of Stop Stick® Tire Deflation Device in ending pursuits. Every month hundreds of reports are received from across the country documenting successful deployments of Stop Sticks®. These reports detail stories of exceptional police work and proper deployment of the Stop Stick® Tire Deflation Device to bring pursuits to an end safely. Below are the departments that were nominated from the hundreds of submissions, and the ones who have been selected as the “Hit of the Month”.


Winner:

South

Collier County Sheriff’s Office

Naples, Florida

  • # of Cars Deployed on: 1
  • # of tires deflated: 2 (R Front R Rear) + 2 (L Front, L Rear)
  • Device: Stop Stick®
  • Pursuit Speed: 100-110 MPH
  • Time of Pursuit: 6 Minutes
  • Miles Traveled after deployment:  1-3
  • Target Vehicle Make: 2017 Hyundai Elantra
  • Deploying Officer: Sgt. Travis Radford, LT. Ken Newel

Sergeant Radford and Lieutenant Newel of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office successfully deployed Stop Stick® devices, effectively deflating four tires of a suspect vehicle involved in a high-speed pursuit stemming from a road rage incident where the suspect reportedly fired a gun at another vehicle.

The incident unfolded when Collier County Deputies responded to a distress call from a woman and her daughter who were being harassed by another vehicle, the driver of which was brandishing a firearm. The victims, in communication with law enforcement, continued to follow the suspect’s vehicle until the situation escalated, and the suspect fired shots at them.

As the pursuit ensued, with speeds reaching 100-110MPH, Sgt. Radford and Lt. Newel strategically positioned themselves ahead of the suspect’s vehicle and deployed Stop Stick® devices. The devices effectively punctured the tires on both sides of the vehicle, rendering it unable to continue at high speed.

With the suspect’s vehicle immobilized, law enforcement was able to safely intervene and apprehend the suspect without further incident, thereby mitigating the risk posed to the public.

In recognition of their quick thinking and effective use of Stop Stick® devices, we proudly nominate Sgt. Radford and Lt. Newel of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office as January’s Hit of the Month winners. Their actions not only brought a dangerous high-speed pursuit to a manageable speed but also ensured the safety of the public and fellow officers.


Nominees

Midwest

Oak Brook Police Department

Oak Brook, Illinois

  • # of Cars Deployed on: 1
    # of tires deflated: 4
  • Device: Stop Stick®
    Pursuit Speed: 41-50 MPH
  • Time of Pursuit: 15 Minutes
  • Miles Traveled after deployment: <1
  • Target Vehicle Make: 2020 Hyundai Elantra
  • Deploying Officer: Officer Roman Hodowany

Officer Hodowany’s decisive deployment of Stop Stick® technology, resulting in the arrest of four individuals and the recovery of over $4,200 worth of stolen alcohol, has earned our esteemed nomination for January’s Hit of the Month.

The pursuit unfolded on January 16, 2024, when Bloomingdale Police responded to a retail theft incident at a local liquor store. As officers arrived at the scene, they spotted a sedan containing four suspects attempting to flee. Despite the officers’ attempts to initiate a traffic stop, the driver of the suspect vehicle disregarded their signals and continued driving towards the nearest highway.

With the suspect vehicle accelerating to speeds of up to 120MPH in hazardous winter road conditions, the pursuing units faced a challenging chase. However, Officer Hodowany of the Oak Brook Police Department was ready and positioned with Stop Stick® devices to intercept the fleeing vehicle.

Executing a flawless deployment, Officer Hodowany swiftly immobilized the suspect vehicle by puncturing all four tires with the Stop Stick®, bringing the high-speed pursuit to a halt. Despite the suspects’ attempts to flee on foot, law enforcement successfully apprehended all four individuals.

Upon inspecting the fleeing vehicle, officers discovered stolen liquor valued at approximately $4,295.44, underscoring the severity of the criminal activity thwarted by Officer Hodowany’s timely intervention.

For his exemplary use of Stop Stick® technology and unwavering commitment to public safety, Officer Hodowany’s nomination for January’s Hit of the Month is well-deserved.

https://www.shawlocal.com/my-suburban-life/2024/01/17/four-men-accused-of-stealing-4200-worth-of-alcohol-from-bloomingdale-liquor-store/


 

West

Mineral County Sheriff’s Office

Superior, Montana

  • # of Cars Deployed on: 1
    # of tires deflated: 2 (L Front, L Rear)
  • Device Used: Stop Stick®
    Pursuit Speed: 91-100 MPH
  • Time of Pursuit: 13 Minutes
  • Miles Traveled after deployment: 2
  • Target Vehicle Make: 1995 4D Honda Sedan
  • Deploying Officer: Deputy Matthew Hurteau

Deputy Hurteau’s remarkable deployment of Stop Stick® technology during a January pursuit in the city of Missoula has earned him a well-deserved nomination for Hit of the Month.

Responding swiftly to reports of the pursuit heading in his direction, Deputy Hurteau strategically positioned himself and deployed Stop Stick® devices to intercept the fleeing suspect. With precision timing, the suspect’s vehicle collided with Deputy Hurteau’s Stop Sticks at approximately 100 MPH, effectively immobilizing both left side tires.

As the pursuit continued, the suspect attempted to evade law enforcement by exiting the freeway and veering into the grassy median. However, thanks to Deputy Hurteau’s intervention with Stop Stick®, the suspect’s vehicle became disabled and was subsequently cornered by additional pursuing units.

Remarkably, despite the pursuit spanning 40 miles, Deputy Hurteau’s deployment of Stop Stick® ensured that no harm came to individuals or property.

For his quick thinking, tactical expertise, and commitment to public safety, Deputy Hurteau’s nomination for Hit of the Month is a testament to his exemplary service.

https://nbcmontana.com/news/local/mineral-co-assist-missoula-co-in-active-pursuit


East

Palisades Interstate Parkway Police

Alpine, New Jersey

  • # of Cars Deployed on: 1
    # of tires deflated: 2 (R Front, L Front)
  • Device Used: Stop Stick®
    Pursuit Speed: 111-120 MPH
  • Time of Pursuit: 10 Minutes
  • Miles Traveled after deployment: 1
  • Target Vehicle Make: 2018 Jeep Renegade
  • Deploying Officer: Sgt Gregory Kimbro Jr.

Sgt. Kimbro of the Palisades Interstate Parkway Police has been nominated for his swift and decisive deployment of Stop Stick® during a pursuit involving a stolen Jeep Renegade, resulting in the apprehension of all three occupants.

On the early morning of January 9th, three teenagers in New York stole a Jeep Renegade left running by its owner. Clarkstown Police initiated a pursuit after locating the stolen vehicle and attempting a traffic stop. However, the suspects refused to comply and attempted to evade law enforcement by heading towards the state line.

As the pursuit approached the state line, New York State Police discontinued their chase, allowing the Palisades Interstate Parkway Police (PIP Police) to take over. Sgt. Kimbro was prepared for the fleeing vehicle, having deployed Stop Stick® across the road. With precision timing, Sgt. Kimbro deflated the Jeep’s front tires, swiftly halting the pursuit.

Left with no escape route, the suspects abandoned the vehicle and fled into a nearby wooded area. However, thanks to the coordinated efforts of law enforcement, all three suspects were apprehended shortly after in a business parking lot.

For his effective use of Stop Stick® in bringing a dangerous pursuit to a safe conclusion, Sgt. Kimbro’s nomination for Hit of the Month is a testament to his dedication to public safety.

https://dailyvoice.com/new-jersey/englewood/spike-strips-stop-teen-car-thieves-in-nj-during-palisades-parkway-pursuit-from-rockland/

 


To register for Stop Stick® Hit of the Month, please submit a Deployment Report using the Link: https://stopstick.com/deployment-report/
You can be considered for Video of the year by uploading Dashcam, or Bodycam footage after submitting your Deployment Report.
If you know an officer who should be nominated for Hit of the Month please submit a pursuit report: https://stopstick.com/home/pursuit-reporting