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Stop Stick® March Hit of the Month 2024: Angola Police Department [IN]

May 13, 2024

By: Zach Madden

Category: Stop Stick Hit of the Month

Stop Stick® Heroes: March 2024 Hit of the Month


Read about the exceptional police officers who used Stop Sticks® to safely end pursuits in March
“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:

Midwest

Angola Police Department

Angola, Indiana

  • # of Cars Deployed on: 1
  • # of Tires Deflated: 2 (R/Front), (R/Rear)
  • Device: Stop Stick®
  • Pursuit Speed: 41-50 mph
  • Time of Pursuit: 82 minutes
  • Miles Traveled After Deployment: 2
  • Target Vehicle Make:1998 Chevrolet Astro Van
  • Deploying Officer(s): Officer D.J. Campbell

Stop Sticks Help End Dangerous High-Speed Chase in Angola [IN]

Angola, Indiana – A high-speed chase involving a stolen vehicle, a child, and suspected drugs ended safely thanks to the quick action of law enforcement and the use of Stop Sticks.

The pursuit began in Michigan and continued into Indiana, with the Angola Police Department joining the effort to stop and apprehend the fleeing vehicle. Recognizing the potential danger to the child passenger and other motorists, Officer D.J. Campbell strategically deployed Stop Stick®.

Officer Campbell successfully deflated the passenger-side tires, significantly slowing the vehicle’s pursuit speeds from 100MPH to 40MPH. Although the driver attempted to evade further deployment, the chase eventually ended when the suspect stopped in the median.

Stop Sticks: A Safer Way to End Pursuits

This incident highlights the effectiveness of Stop Sticks as a safe and controlled method for ending high-speed chases. By disabling the vehicle’s tires, Stop Sticks minimize the risk of crashes and injuries to both officers and civilians.

The successful apprehension of the suspects and the safe recovery of the child demonstrates the value of Stop Sticks in resolving these dangerous situations.

(Quote from Steuben County Sheriff’s Office): “The successful Stop Stick® deployment deescalated the pursuit from nearly 100 mph in Michigan down to 40 mph.“

Supporting News Article:
https://cafemom.com/news/mom-arrested-after-crossing-state-lines-in-high-speed-chase#google_vignette

Nominees

South

Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • # of Cars Deployed on: 1
  • # of Tires Deflated: 1 (L/Front)
  • Device: Stop Stick®
  • Pursuit Speed: 41-50 mph
  • Time of Pursuit: 24 minutes
  • Miles Traveled After Deployment: 3
  • Target Vehicle Make: 2020 Honda Civic
  • Deploying Officer: Deputy Michael Hanson Jr.

Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office Ends Veteran Pursuit Safely

A recent high-speed chase in Harrah, Oklahoma, ended safely thanks to the quick thinking and decisive action of Deputy Michael Hanson Jr. of the [Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office].

The pursuit, which stemmed from a reported mental health crisis, involved a potentially dangerous situation with a veteran in distress. Recognizing the need to apprehend the suspect while minimizing risk, Deputy Hanson Jr. strategically deployed a Stop Stick® tire deflation device.

Stop Sticks: A Safer Solution

In this instance, Deputy Hanson Jr.’s use of Stop Sticks® successfully de-escalated the situation. The vehicle was disabled without further incident, allowing officers to safely apprehend the suspect and connect them with the mental health resources they needed.

Deputy Hanson Jr.’s exceptional use of tactics and commitment to officer and community safety make him a prime candidate for Stop Stick®’s Hit of the Month award. This recognition program honors officers who perform well in deploying Stop Sticks® to resolve critical situations peacefully.

Supporting News Article:

https://www.koco.com/article/oklahoma-harrah-veteran-mental-health-help-purusit-charging-officer-knife/60311494


 

East


Scarborough Police Department

Scarborough, Main

  • # of Cars Deployed on: 1
  • # of Tires Deflated: 4 (R/Front), (L/Front), (R/Rear), (L/Rear)
  • Device Used: Stop Stick®
  • Pursuit Speed: 31-40 mph
  • Time of Pursuit: 4 minutes
  • Miles Traveled After Deployment: 1
  • Target Vehicle Make: 2003 Ford Fleet Motor Home
  • Deploying Officer: Sgt. Marc Freeman

Trespassing Motor Home owner Causes Dangerous Pursuit through Flooded Scarborough Streets.

Officer Rogers, demonstrates exceptional  tactical skill in resolving a potentially life-threatening situation with a fleeing Motor Home.

The Incident:

The incident began with a trespassing complaint involving a camper parked illegally on private property. Upon arrival, officers encountered a potentially intoxicated suspect who refused to comply with commands and fled the scene in the camper. The suspect engaged in reckless driving, endangering herself and others by passing vehicles and running a roadblock due to flooded streets.

Officer Rogers Takes Action:

Recognizing the escalating danger, Officer Rogers strategically deployed Stop Sticks® on the opposite side of the flooded road closure. As the camper emerged from the water, it struck the Stop Sticks®, effectively disabling the vehicle by flattening all four tires.

Safe Resolution:

With no escape route and a disabled vehicle, the suspect finally stopped. However, she remained non-compliant, refusing to unlock the camper. Officers were then forced to safely remove the suspect from the vehicle.

Officer Rogers’ Heroism:

Officer Rogers’ quick thinking and decisive action with Stop Sticks® prevented a dangerous situation from escalating further. By halting the chase and disabling the vehicle safely, Officer Rogers minimized the risk of injury to the suspect, pursuing officers, and innocent bystanders.


West

Norfolk Police Department

Norfolk, Nebraska

  • # of Cars Deployed on: 1
  • # of Tires Deflated on: 4 (R/Front), (L/Front), (R/Rear), (L/Rear)
  • Device Used: Stop Stick®
  • Pursuit Speed: 51-60 mph
  • Time of Pursuit: 13 minutes
  • Miles Traveled After Deployment: Less than 1 mile
  • Target Vehicle Make: 2013 Ford F-150
  • Deploying Officer(s): Officer Johnson & Officer Vieth

Stop Stick® Duo: Norfolk PD’s Officers Johnson & Vieth Earn Hit of the Month Honors

This month’s Stop Stick® Hit of the Month goes to a team effort – Officers Johnson and Vieth of the Norfolk Police Department! Their combined strategic use of Stop Sticks® brought a dangerous pursuit to a safe conclusion.

High-Speed Chase in Madison County

The incident began in Madison County, Nebraska, where a suspect fled a traffic stop, initiating a high-speed chase. The suspect’s reckless driving endangered not only themselves but also other motorists on the road.

Double Stop Stick Deployment for Effective Intervention

Recognizing the escalating danger, Officers Johnson and Vieth employed a double Stop Stick deployment strategy. This tactic significantly increased the chances of successfully disabling the fleeing vehicle.

Safe Stop, Apprehension of Suspect

The officers’ precise deployment of Stop Sticks® effectively disabled the suspect’s vehicle, bringing the chase to a safe stop. The suspect was then apprehended without further incident.

Officer Johnson & Vieth: Teamwork and Decisive Action

Officers Johnson and Vieth’s teamwork, decisive action, and skillful use of Stop Sticks® prevented a potentially tragic situation. Their combined efforts demonstrate the effectiveness of Stop Stick® technology in resolving high-speed chases safely.

Supporting News Article:
https://www.ktiv.com/2024/03/04/one-arrested-after-police-chase-through-madison-county-nebraska/


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