Stop Stick News: Top 10 News Stories 01/29/24 – Stop Sticks & K9’s, A Mental Health Emergency, 2 missing girls safely recovered and more.

January 29, 2024

By: Zach Madden

Category: Stop Stick News

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Two Hartford men charged after fleeing police stop at Enfield Chick-fil-A drive-thru – Connecticut

CT Insider by Austin Mirmina

ENFIELD —  Police said they arrested two Hartford men who ditched their order at a local Chick-fil-A drive-thru and led officers on a chase across the highway Friday. In a Facebook post, Enfield police said officers attempted to stop a vehicle at a local establishment’s drive-thru. It initially was believed the vehicle might have contained wanted suspects, according to police. The vehicle attempted to flee, police said, nearly hitting several other vehicles in the drive-thru, police said. Officers deployed stop sticks and deflated three of the vehicle’s tires, according to the post.

According to police, the vehicle got on Interstate 91 south but became disabled near Exit 46. The two men in the car fled on foot, and Enfield police K-9s Dunkin and Duke tracked the men “through thick vegetation and waist deep waters,” police said.

The K-9s flushed the suspects out to authorities who were waiting along the perimeter of the search area, police said.

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WA law enforcement bands together to end car chase in Snohomish County Washington

KIRO 7 News Seattle

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. — Various Washington law enforcement agencies worked together last week to arrest two suspects who tried to escape from Arlington police.

The Arlington Police Department says its officers tried to stop a suspicious vehicle before it drove away Tuesday night. That’s when deputies with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office joined the case and helped set spike strips.

The suspect eventually drove off the road before people inside ran away.

K9 Doc was sent after the suspects and soon found the passenger. She was arrested for outstanding warrants.


Another K9 officer and K9 Knox continued tracking and found the driver who was hiding several hundred yards from the vehicle. He was arrested for eluding and his outstanding warrants.

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Spike Strips Use To Stop Chase In Amador County – California

Jackson, CA – A Pioneer man led law enforcement on a chase that, when it ended, police made a surprising discovery.

An Amador County Sheriff’s deputy recently patrolling the area of Coal Mine Road in Ione attempted to pull over a vehicle, but the driver hit the gas instead. That led to a ten-mile chase with erratic driving that ended when the Jackson Police Department deployed spike strips on Stony Creek Road in Jackson, near Argonaut High School. The driver, 44-year-old Thomas Trehearne of Pioneer, continued for about one more mile before pulling over into the driveway of a residence and giving himself up.

A record check showed Trehearne was on parole, but he had removed his ankle monitor to avoid detection that he had left his residence. He was taken into custody without incident for felony evading, resisting arrest, and violating the terms of his supervision.




Missing Lake County girls, ages 1 and 5, found safe; mother arrested Louisiana

McKinley Park News – Home –

The good news came Friday afternoon: the sisters missing from Lake County were found safe. They were found by Louisiana authorities in the custody of their mother, Dixie Williams, who is now in custody on charges of kidnapping.”A tipster came forward and said, ‘I rented a vehicle for Dixie,’ and that vehicle just happened to have GPS tracking capabilities, so we were quickly jumping on that, tracking the vehicle,” Lt. John Herrell said. It is an example of valuable technology, but value that comes only after someone is willing to speak up to cops. The car was on Interstate 20 in northeast Louisiana. “They tried to pull Dixie over, but she fled from them. She ended up, from what they described, pulled over into a rest area, put one of the children on her lap then took off again,” Herrell said. “It went out Interstate 20, where some other law enforcement was able to stop stick the vehicle, they found both kids to be safe.” According to Louisiana State Police, Williams had an active warrant for two counts of kidnapping. The mother was taken into custody for these warrants, and also for resisting an officer, aggravated flight from an officer, operating a vehicle with a suspended license, two counts of no child passenger restraint system, and no seatbelt use.



Mississippi man charged on suspicion of murdering boss in Gainesville Airbnb – The Independent Florida Alligator – Florida

The Independent Florida Alligator –

A Mississippi man was booked into the Alachua County Jail Friday morning after he allegedly killed his boss and attempted to shoot his co-worker while on a work trip in Gainesville.

James Tate, 28, was arrested Jan. 11 on charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and grand theft auto. He was held at the Columbia County Jail before being transported back to Alachua County Friday.

Tate, his boss and his co-worker traveled from Mississippi to Gainesville for a demolition project. They stayed in an Airbnb located at 4720 NW 16th Place, according to the arrest report.

Tate told detectives he had a “wild idea” while lying in bed, before retrieving a bag from his boss’s truck that contained a handgun and cash.

He entered the house and kicked in the door to his boss’s bedroom, who got out of bed armed with a handgun. Tate fatally shot his boss multiple times, according to the arrest report.

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Deputies ‘takeout’ pizza pilferer – Georgia  – 

An alleged dash-and-diner led Coweta County sheriff’s deputies on a brief chase before he was stopped by a patrol car.

Around 10 p.m. on Jan. 25, Coweta County E-911 received a report of an “aggressive” man who allegedly left Old Chicago Pizza without paying his bill. Patrol deputies arriving on scene were directed by witnesses to a black Honda CRV attempting to leave the parking lot, according to Toby Nix, public information officer for the sheriff’s office.

Deputies drove in behind the vehicle and activated their emergency equipment, Nix said, initiating a traffic stop while still in the parking lot. However, the Honda reportedly exited onto Fischer Crossing Drive toward East Highway 34.

After the vehicle turned right from Highway 34 onto Highway 154, it struck stop sticks thrown out by waiting deputies, but the driver managed to continue down 154 until a deputy used a PIT maneuver to end the chase, Nix said.

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Vermilion deputies chase man across Acadiana after he exhibited suicidal behavior Louisiana

by Stephen Marcantel  –

Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday chased man exhibiting suicidal behavior across Acadiana after attempts to negotiate failed.

Deputies responded to an order of protection from the Vermilion Parish Coroner’s Office around 2 p.m. Wednesday, according to a news release. It was related to an unnamed man on West Oak Street in Abbeville.

Upon arrival, the man was in his vehicle with what deputies believed to a box cutter in hand. A perimeter was set up around the distressed man and deputies attempted to negotiate.

A half hour later, the man’s vehicle lurched forward, the press release said. Deputies quickly rushed to the vehicle after the man took the box cutter and began cutting his neck.


The man drove off before deputies could reach him. Deputies and Abbeville police officers gave chase as the man drove through Kaplan, west of Abbeville, and north on Louisiana Highway 13 toward Crowley.

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South Carolina man faces drug and gun charges in Athens – Georgia

Online Athens –

A South Carolina man remained incarcerated Thursday following his recent arrest that resulted in 18 criminal charges that police said include felonies stemming from distribution amounts of illegal drugs.

The suspect also carried about $6,000 in cash as he led officers on a three-county pursuit that began in Wilkes County and ended when his vehicle crashed at Bishop Park in Athens, according to the Athens-Clarke police report.

The pursuit occurred shortly after midnight on Jan. 18, but police did not release the report until this week.

The suspect, William Tyrone Robinson, 45, of Aiken, S.C., is convicted of several felonies, mostly drug offenses, according to police. As a result, he also faces a charge of possessing a firearm by a felon due to a stolen firearm found in his vehicle, according to police.

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Police: Iowa woman was drunk when she drove the wrong way on Interstate 80/35 Iowa


Authorities used Stop Sticks to flatten the tires of a woman who was allegedly drunk while driving the wrong way on Interstate 80/35 in Polk County late Wednesday night. There was an active dense fog advisory when Courtney Allen, of Huxley, drove the wrong way on the interstate for miles, prompting multiple 911 calls from other drivers, according to court documents. Allen was traveling north/eastbound in the south/westbound lanes of I80/35. A Clive police officer traveling in the correct direction activated their lights and sirens when they caught up with Allen, but said she did not stop. Watch the video above to see a portion of the chase. Responding officers eventually deployed the Stop Sticks, which popped the wrong-way driver’s tires and forcing her to stop.Allen is charged with second-offense operating while intoxicated, driving on the wrong side of a two-way highway, reckless driving, failing to yield to an emergency vehicle and not wearing a seatbelt

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Troopers Arrest Drivers After Five Separate Pursuits Nebraska

North Platte Post –

JANUARY 25, 2024 (LINCOLN, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested several people after five separate vehicle or foot pursuits in the last 24 hours. The incidents occurred in several different areas of Nebraska.

Wednesday at approximately 2:00 p.m., a trooper observed a Chevrolet Equinox speeding at over 100 miles per hour on north Highway 75 near downtown Omaha. The trooper attempted a traffic stop, but the driver refused to yield and continued at a high rate of speed. The trooper initiated a pursuit. The driver passed another vehicle on the shoulder while exiting Highway 75 onto eastbound Storz Expressway. As the vehicle continued at a high rate of speed into a residential area, the trooper discontinued the pursuit.

Several minutes later, the trooper located the suspect vehicle near 24th and Redick Avenue. The driver was taken into custody without further incident. Leeza Johnson, 34, of Omaha, was arrested and lodged in Douglas County Jail for willful reckless driving and flight to avoid arrest.

At approximately 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, troopers learned that the Otoe County Sheriff’s Office was in pursuit of a vehicle that had fled a traffic stop. As the vehicle, a Jeep Patriot, approached the Lincoln area on Highway 2, a trooper observed the vehicle traveling at over 100 miles per hour. Another trooper was able to successful deploy stops sticks after the vehicle turned northbound onto Highway 77, southwest of Lincoln.

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