Tragedy struck the Chandler Arizona Police Department twice this week as Chief Sean Duggan sadly reports the death of Motor Officer David Payne.

Officer Payne, 37, was working a DUI overtime detail on the night shift when he stopped at the intersection of Chandler Boulevard and Pennington Drive to wait for a red light. As he was stopped, his police motorcycle was rear-ended by a drunk driver at 12:40 a.m.

The impact shoved the motorcycle completely through the intersection as Officer Payne was catapulted through the air. The drunk driver kept driving and fled the scene. Fortunately, he was stopped by other officers a half mile away from the crash. Officer Payne was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead about an hour later.

The DUI driver was identified as Brian Yazzie, 21. He had his driving privileges revoked in 2010 due to repeated DUI violations. Yazzie also had his 11-month-old child in his vehicle at the time of the crash. He was booked into the Maricopia County Jail on charges of manslaughter, hit-and-run and child endangerment.

Earlier this week on Tuesday, Officer Bryant Holmes was killed on his personal motorcycle as he was driving to the station to work his afternoon shift. A young male driver ran a red light and struck Officer Holmes broadside killing him instantly.

Officer Payne served the Chandler Police Department for 7 years. He was a staff sergeant in the Arizona Army National Guard assigned to the Medical Command in Phoenix. He was deployed in Operation Iraqi Freedom 2007 to 2008. He is survived by his daughter, 11.

Officer David Payne-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Friday, October 31, 2014.

“Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow GraFX”

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