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Stop Stick® November Hit of the Month 2023: Illinois State Police [IL]

January 25, 2024

By: Zach Madden

Category: Stop Stick Hit of the Month

Stop Stick® Heroes: November 2023 Hit of the Month


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

Illinois State Police – Metro Chicago
Des Plaines, Illinios

  • # of tires deflated: 4
  • Pursuit Speed: 41-50 MPH
  • Time of Pursuit:  9 Minutes
  • Miles Traveled after deployment: 1
  • Target Vehicle Make: 2012 GMC Arcadia
  • Deploying Officer(s): Sgt. E. David

    Sgt. Eric David Earns November’s Hit of the Month for Swift Intervention in Wrong-Way Pursuit

    Sergeant Eric David of the Illinois State Police has been nominated for November’s Hit of the Month award in recognition of his decisive deployment during a pursuit of an intoxicated wrong-way driver, ultimately leading to the termination of the pursuit and the arrest of the driver.

    Around 12:00 AM on November 6th, Illinois State Trooper Corral identified a vehicle traveling in the wrong direction on the northbound lanes of I-55. Trooper Corral, skillfully paralleling the wrong-way driver in the southbound lanes, relayed crucial updates to responding troopers while attempting to capture the driver’s attention.

    Despite Trooper Corral’s efforts, the wrong-way driver continued to pose a severe threat, causing chaos for oncoming vehicles. Over a seven-mile stretch, the northbound lanes witnessed multiple accidents as drivers swerved to avoid head-on collisions with the suspect vehicle.

    In a strategic move, Sgt. David positioned himself ahead of the oncoming vehicle with Stop Stick® at the ready. With precision, he successfully made contact with the wrong-way vehicle, deflating all four of its tires. Even with flat tires, the determined suspect persisted, prompting Sgt. David and fellow State Troopers to enter the northbound lanes to end the pursuit. Quickly catching up to the suspect, Sgt. David executed a Pit maneuver, safely disabling the vehicle on the shoulder just a quarter mile away from a disabled motorist.

    Upon apprehension, it was revealed that the suspect was intoxicated and three times over the legal limit, with prescription drugs in their system.

    Sgt. David is honored with November’s Hit of the Month award for his swift and effective deployment, instrumental in terminating a pursuit that posed a significant threat. The suspect’s actions had the potential to result in catastrophe or loss of life, intervening with Stop Stick® and the State Troopers’ quick actions pivotal in safeguarding the lives of numerous motorists that night.


Nominees

East

Onnondaga County Sheriff’s Office
Liverpool, New York

  • # of tires deflated: 8 (3 different vehicles)
  • Pursuit Speed: 81-90 MPH
  • Time of Pursuit: 3 Minutes
  • Miles Traveled after deployment: <1
  • Target Vehicle Make: 2016 Kia Optima, 2019 Kia Forte, 2018 Hyundai Elantra
  • Deploying Officer: Deputy Noah Labbate

Deputy Noah Labbate Nominated for November’s Hit of the Month Following Impressive Stop Stick® Deployment

Deputy Noah Labbate of the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office stands nominated for November’s Hit of the Month award in recognition of his exceptional Stop Stick® deployment, leading to the recovery of three stolen vehicles and the successful capture of multiple suspects.

The incident unfolded in the early morning of November 18th when Onondaga Sheriff Deputies responded to reports of a stolen Kia Forte from a residence. College Police, in the vicinity, reported observing several vehicles exiting the Community College parking lot at a high speed. Sheriff’s deputies, dispatched to the location, confirmed the presence of the stolen Kia Optima along with other suspect vehicles.

Upon activating their lights and sirens to initiate a traffic stop, all three vehicles evaded, prompting a pursuit. The suspects maneuvered recklessly, swerving around traffic and running lights. During the pursuit, Deputy Labbate strategically positioned himself ahead of the fleeing vehicles and deployed Stop Stick® successfully, incapacitating all three.

Two of the stolen vehicles were brought to a halt after becoming disabled, and although the occupants initially fled, they were later apprehended with the assistance of the State Police. The third vehicle became disabled after the suspect rolled it onto its top over a curb, and the driver was promptly apprehended without further incident.

All suspects now face a litany of charges, including Fleeing Police and Possession of Stolen Property.

Deputy Noah Labbate and the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office are nominated for their outstanding performance in November’s Hit of the Month. Deputy Noah’s single deployment not only terminated the pursuit directly but also led to the capture and recovery of three stolen vehicles, showcasing the remarkable effectiveness of Stop Sticks.

 

Supporting Article:

https://www.localsyr.com/news/local-news/three-stolen-vehicles-crash-in-town-of-onondaga/


 

South

Craig County Sheriff’s Office
Vinita, Oklahoma

  • # of tires deflated: 1 (L/Front)
  • Pursuit Speed: 111-120 MPH
  • Time of Pursuit: 27 Minutes
  • Miles Traveled after deployment: 3
  • Target Vehicle Make: 2015 Chevy Cruze
  • Deploying Officer: Sgt. Ryan Robinson

Deputy Sgt. Ryan Robison and Craig County Sheriff’s Office Nominated for November’s Hit of the Month

Deputy Sergeant Ryan Robison and the Craig County Sheriff’s Office are nominated for November’s Hit of the Month, showcasing their exemplary response and strategic deployment of Stop Stick® during a high-speed pursuit.

According to Sgt. Robison’s detailed deployment report, the Craig County Sheriff’s Office, in collaboration with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, engaged in a pursuit of an impaired driver who was also in possession of a stolen vehicle. The driver, attempting to elude law enforcement, reached speeds up to 120 MPH and engaged in reckless driving maneuvers. Sgt. Robison’s intervention with Stop Stick® proved pivotal as he successfully deflated the front driver-side tire, enabling pursuing deputies to take control of the situation.

With the suspect’s vehicle incapacitated, Craig County Deputies skillfully persuaded the fleeing individual to surrender. Upon taking the suspect into custody, deputies made alarming discoveries: the individual was not only intoxicated but also wanted for multiple arrest warrants in Arizona. Further inspection of the stolen vehicle revealed the suspect’s possession of narcotics.

Sgt. Ryan Robison and the Craig County Sheriff’s Office merit this nomination for their swift and strategic deployment of Stop Stick® in a high-speed pursuit, effectively terminating the chase and ensuring the safe apprehension of the fleeing suspect. Their quick actions exemplify their commitment to public safety and law enforcement excellence.

 


West

Fresno County Sheriff’s Office
Fresno, California

  • # of tires deflated: 4
  • Pursuit Speed: 120+ MPH
  • Time of Pursuit: 21 Minutes
  • Miles Traveled after deployment: 4s
  • Target Vehicle Make: 2016 Hyundai Elantra
  • Deploying Officer: Deputy Jamison Norby

Deputy Jamison Norby Nominated for November’s Hit of the Month for Skillful Stop Stick® Deployment

Deputy Jamison Norby from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office has been nominated for November’s Hit of the Month, recognizing his exceptional deployment that brought a stolen vehicle pursuit to an effective and safe conclusion, just miles away from a densely populated area.

The incident unfolded when Fresno County Deputies responded to a report of a Stolen Hyundai Elantra sighted in an unincorporated part of Fresno County. The ensuing pursuit saw the stolen Elantra attempting to evade deputies at speeds exceeding 120 MPH on county roads.

Deputy Norby skillfully deployed Stop Stick® after a lengthy pursuit, where the suspect attempted to outrun law enforcement. Fresno County Deputies, authorized to use Stop Stick due to the vehicle’s high-speed evasion, strategically employed the tool to protect multiple parties, given the vehicle’s proximity to a populated city center, as highlighted by Deputy Norby.

Upon hitting Deputy Norby’s Stop Sticks, the suspect continued for another four miles until the vehicle became disabled. Deputies then safely apprehended the driver without any further incident, showcasing Deputy Norby’s expertise and the effective use of Stop Stick in swiftly resolving a high-speed pursuit.


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