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Stop Stick® September Hit of the Month 2023:Union County Sheriff’s Office [NC]

January 5, 2024

By: Zach Madden

Category: Stop Stick Hit of the Month

Stop Stick® Heroes: September 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:

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Union County Sheriff’s Office
Matthews, North Carolina

  • # of tires deflated: 4
  • Pursuit Speed: 31-40 MPH
  • Time of Pursuit:  10 Minutes
  • Miles Traveled after deployment: 1
  • Target Vehicle Make: 2022 Audi A5
  • Deploying Officer(s): Anthony Mason

Officer Anthony Mason of the Union County Sheriff’s Office has been nominated for September’s Hit of the Month, thanks to his quick thinking and skillful use of a Stop Stick device during a high-speed pursuit.

The drama unfolded when deputies pulled over a suspicious vehicle. As one deputy approached, the driver panicked and sped away, initiating a tense chase. Another Union County deputy spotted the fleeing vehicle and attempted a second traffic stop, but the driver kept ignoring commands and heading towards the highway.

Reaching the highway, the suspect pushed the gas pedal, desperately trying to outrun the officers. But they hadn’t counted on Officer Mason’s preparedness. Anticipating their route, he strategically deployed a Stop Stick, and all four tires of the Audi screeched to a flat end.

Suddenly cornered, the suspect made a shocking decision. Instead of surrendering, they abandoned the vehicle on foot, leaving behind their two young children – a 1-year-old and an 11-year-old. Deputies quickly secured the vehicle and checked on the children, thankfully finding them unharmed. However, during a search of the car, they discovered a disturbing truth: a large quantity of marijuana.

A multi-agency manhunt ensued for the fleeing suspect, who was finally apprehended after several hours. They now face a slew of charges, including possession of a stolen vehicle, felony fleeing to elude, child abuse, felony possession of marijuana, and outstanding warrants from neighboring jurisdictions.

Stop Sticks Prevent Tragedy.

Officer Mason’s skillful deployment of the Stop Stick not only brought a dangerous pursuit to a safe end but also protected the innocent children left behind. This incident underscores the crucial role Stop Sticks play in law enforcement, as they offer a way to stop fleeing suspects without putting officers or civilians at risk.

Furthermore, it highlights the bravery and dedication of deputies like Officer Mason, who put themselves in harm’s way to ensure the safety of our communities. We commend Officer Mason for his outstanding service and swift action, which prevented a potentially tragic outcome.

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Nominees

West

Utah Highway Patrol
Herber City, Utah

  • # of tires deflated: 2 (L/Front, L/Rear)
  • Pursuit Speed: 111-120 MPH
  • Time of Pursuit: 22 Minutes
  • Miles Traveled after deployment: 3
  • Target Vehicle Make: 2012 Dodge Challenger
  • Deploying Officer: Trooper J. Neering

 

Utah Trooper J. Neerings is our Hit of the Month for his cool-headed and decisive use of Stop Stick® technology, bringing a dangerous high-speed pursuit to a safe end.

Reckless Racing on the Run:

On a quiet patrol, Trooper Neerings’ radio crackled with reports of a stolen Dodge Challenger weaving recklessly through traffic at breakneck speeds. Two juveniles, apparently fueled by a need for speed, were evading multiple agencies, reaching a staggering 140 mph.

Stop Stick® to the Rescue:

Knowing the danger this pursuit posed to the public, officers, and the suspects themselves, Trooper Neerings sprang into action. He identified a strategic location under construction, offering cover for a Stop Stick® deployment. With nerves of steel, he deployed the device and waited, communicating the location to pursuing officers.

Deflating the Chase:

The stolen Charger, oblivious to the trap ahead, roared through the construction zone at over 100 mph. The Stop Stick® did its job, instantly deflating both driver-side tires. The thrill-seeking duo’s joyride screeched to a halt, and they surrendered without further incident.

Heroic Action, Safer Streets:

Trooper Neerings’ swift and decisive use of Stop Stick® prevented a potentially catastrophic outcome. His quick thinking and strategic deployment not only apprehended the reckless suspects but also protected the public and pursuing officers from further danger.

Celebrating Heroism:

We commend Trooper Neerings for his exemplary service and courage. His actions exemplify the vital role Stop Stick® plays in law enforcement, providing a safe and effective way to end high-speed pursuits.

Share this story to celebrate Trooper Neerings’ heroism and raise awareness about the importance of Stop Stick® in keeping our roads safe.

 

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West

West Virginia State Police
Princeton, West Virginia

  • # of tires deflated: 2
  • Pursuit Speed: 81-90 MPH
  • Time of Pursuit: 20 Minutes
  • Miles Traveled after deployment: 2
  • Target Vehicle Make: 2020 Toyota Tacoma
  • Deploying Officer: Senior Trooper H. E. Ingraham

West Virginia – After a frantic 48-minute chase spanning two states, Senior Trooper Ingraham of the West Virginia State Police brought a dangerous pursuit to a safe end thanks to his well-timed deployment of a Stop Stick® device. This decisive action has earned him a well-deserved nomination for September’s Hit of the Month Award.

Intense Pursuit, Risky Behavior:

It all began on September 3rd at 9:38 PM when Smyth County Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to pull over a suspicious Toyota pickup truck. Instead of complying, the driver sped off, igniting a chase that defied state borders and involved multiple agencies. With the suspect showing no signs of stopping, the pursuit threatened to escalate further.

Stop Stick Takes Control:

But Senior Trooper Ingraham refused to let the situation spiral out of control. Knowing the risks associated with prolonged pursuits, he strategically deployed a Stop Stick® at a critical point in the chase. The calculated move paid off: both driver-side tires of the pickup instantly deflated, forcing the suspect to finally surrender after another 20 miles.

Praise and a Crucial Role:

“Stop Sticks received high praise from all responding agencies,” shared Sr. Tpr. Ingraham. This sentiment reflects the invaluable role the device played in safely ending the pursuit. Without it, law enforcement might have been forced to utilize riskier tactics, potentially endangering themselves and the public.

Hit of the Month: A Well-Deserved Honor:

Sr. Tpr. Ingraham’s quick thinking and skillful use of Stop Stick® exemplify the importance of this technology in law enforcement. His decisive action prevented further danger and brought a potentially volatile situation to a peaceful resolution. We commend him for his courage and dedication and wholeheartedly support his nomination for September’s Hit of the Month Award.

 


South

Real County Sheriff’s Office
Leakey, Texas

  • # of tires deflated: 3 (R/Front, R/Rear, L/Rear)
  • Pursuit Speed: 81-90 MPH
  • Time of Pursuit: 56 Minutes
  • Miles Traveled after deployment: 3
  • Target Vehicle Make: Ford Expedition
  • Deploying Officer: Johnny Martinez

Rocksprings, TX – Deputy Martinez of the Real County Sheriff’s Office is being hailed a hero after his skillful use of Stop Stick® technology brought a dangerous smuggling chase to a safe end, earning him a well-deserved nomination for September’s Hit of the Month Award.

Under the Cover of Darkness:

The drama unfolded in the early hours of September 25th, at 3:00 AM. Edwards County Sheriff’s Deputies and U.S. Border Agents attempted to pull over a suspicious Ford Expedition near Rocksprings, TX. But the driver had other plans. Refusing to comply, they sped south on Highway 55, determined to outrun the law.

With the vehicle showing no signs of stopping, the chase had the potential to escalate. However, Deputy Martinez stepped forward with a decisive plan. He strategically positioned himself ahead of the fleeing vehicle and deployed Stop Stick® devices at a critical point. The maneuver proved successful: three of the Expedition’s tires were instantly flattened, significantly impairing its ability to continue.

Nowhere to Run:

Though the vehicle persisted for another three miles, the disabled tires ultimately forced it to a halt. Both the driver and passenger were apprehended without further incident, and the nine undocumented immigrants they were transporting were safely turned over to U.S. Border Patrol for processing.

Stop Stick Makes the Difference:

Deputy Martinez’s quick thinking and effective use of Stop Stick® not only brought the pursuit to a safe end but also prevented further risks to themselves, the public, and the immigrants onboard. This crucial intervention highlights the invaluable role Stop Stick® plays in law enforcement, allowing officers to safely stop fleeing vehicles without resorting to more dangerous tactics.

We commend Deputy Martinez for his courage, determination, and skillful use of technology. His decisive action earned him a well-deserved nomination for the Hit of the Month Award, demonstrating the dedication and bravery of law enforcement officers who keep our communities safe.

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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