CHICAGO, IL – A woman, enraged that police dared to conduct a traffic stop, intentionally ran into three officers who had pulled over her friend.
Dawn Moore allegedly hit three Chicago police officers with her SUV Wednesday while intervening in a South Side traffic stop. https://t.co/CK1S5hasKH
— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) October 8, 2020
The incident occurred on October 7th around 11am when police had affected a traffic stop on a man for what was described as a minor traffic violation. When the officers were conducting the traffic stop in Fernwood, a woman appeared to take immediate issue that they dared pull over a friend of hers.
— CWBChicago (@CWBChicago) October 7, 2020
The woman, identified as Dawn Moore was driving by a traffic stop when she noticed that her friend was the one that was pulled over. Moore pulled over to the side of the road and interfered with the officers, demanding that they release him.
The officers at the scene told Moore to leave the scene, most likely because she was interfering with their lawful duties. Not to mention, where Moore parked her vehicle was blocking traffic.
Instead of leaving, Moore got back into her vehicle and allegedly intentionally struck a patrol vehicle, sideswiping it. She then allegedly tried to run an officer over, and then made a U-turn and struck another police vehicle. Moore then fled the scene. Chicago Police Department spokeswoman Kellie Bartoli stated in an email:
“[Officers told] the [driver of] Jeep Wrangler to leave the area because she was obstructing traffic. She then drove her 2020 Wrangler into a police squad car sideswiping it and attempted to run over an officer.
“The female driver than made a U-turn in the middle of the street and struck another police vehicle [from] which an officer was exiting.”
Woman hits 3 Chicago cops with SUV while intervening in South Side traffic stop: police https://t.co/L15iarKYBZ
— Sun-Times Breaking (@CSTbreaking) October 8, 2020
The three officers were injured during the encounter, and were taken to a local hospital for medical treatment for what is reported as non-life-threatening injuries. Chicago Police did not advise what type of injuries the officers received from the incident.
Around 4:30pm, Chicago Police advise that Moore was seen driving in the area of South Elizabeth Street in Englewood. Bartoli said that Moore “was observed driving the same vehicle that had been used.”
Moore was criminally charged with aggravated assault on three counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, aggravated battery to an officer and criminal damage to property.
Regarding the traffic stop that started Moore on her alleged tirade, the male was pulled over for what police allege was a minor traffic violation. He was not even cited by the police for the infraction.
Sadly, attacks on police officers are on the rise since the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Just recently, in Los Angeles, a man had entered into the Las Angeles Police Department Harbor Station and started attacking an officer in an unprovoked attack.
A man attacked an LAPD officer, took his gun, and shot into the police station late last month, officers say. https://t.co/83LbXm53se
— CBS47 (@CBS47) October 8, 2020
In this incident, Jose Guzman is alleged to have walked in and started attacking an LAPD officer. The officer fought back, but was overtaken by Guzman who was able to steal the officer’s duty weapon from his holster.
Guzman then allegedly pistol whipped the officer, Anthony Freeman, several times which is captured on police body camera footage. Once Guzman was done, he then began to leave the duty station with the stolen firearm.
Another officer then walks into the area and noticed that Freeman was lying on the ground and bleeding. Realizing what had happened, she took off on foot trying to capture him. However, she was not able to catch up to him before he entered into a vehicle and fled the scene.
Other officers located Guzman and his vehicle a short time after the initial incident and were able to take him into custody. He was charged with two counts of attempted murder of a peace officer, two counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, one count of robbery and evading and resisting an officer.
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Officer in critical condition after being struck by car, critically injured while ‘helping citizen’
August 16, 2020
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Earlier this week, a police officer from the Utah Transit Authority stopped to help someone capture a runaway dog. When the officer attempted to help, she was struck by another vehicle in the area.
Around 10pm on August 11th, a police officer was near State Street in Salt Lake City when she saw someone trying to capture a loose dog. The officer turned her emergency lights on and exited her police vehicle to assist.
Utah Transit Authority officer critically injured after being struck by car in South Salt Lakehttps://t.co/8ZsGFnVz2x
— Gephardt Daily (@GephardtDaily) August 12, 2020
During her attempts to capture the dog and help the unknown person, witnesses say that the driver of an Audi sped around a corner and struck the officer. Investigators estimate the speed of the Audi to be between 30 and 40 MPH upon impact.
The initial reports were that the officer was in critical condition.
A witness, Mark Pando, was in the area and said the officer, “started to walk around the east side, and all of a sudden a black Audi come running around, sliding, and hits her. And then she [the officer] flipped, landed on her back.”
Pando advised that he had gone to offer assistance to the fallen officer. When he reached her, the officer was alert but was bleeding from her nose and complained of chest and back pain.
Deputy Chie Dwayne Ruth said:
“Fortunately, she was conscious and breathing. But when the human body is struck by a vehicle on State Street, there could be deeper injuries. I hope not.”
Ruth informed reporters that the driver of the Audi could well have been under the influence of some type of substance that would have impaired their driving abilities.
The driver was taken into some form of custody in order to have tests performed to determine if they were under the influence of any intoxicating substance to the point their normal faculties were impaired at the time of the crash.
On August 12th, information was released by the Transit Authority which advised that the officer is expected to survive, but there is a large concern about long-term effects of the traffic crash.
Police who were working the crash authored a warrant to determine if the at fault driver may have been impaired at the time of the crash.
Ruth reminded everyone that a police officer is some times required to exit their patrol vehicles and requested the public to be alert when they see the emergency lights activated.
Unfortunately, officers are injured frequently in cases of traffic crashes. Often times, it is because the drivers in the area are not paying attention to what is going on around them.
Case in point, on July 11th, Michigan State Trooper Caleb Starr was hit in an head on collision just before 10pm.
The Michigan Highway Patrol reported that Starr was “headed west on Grand River Avenue in his cruiser when he was hit head on by an eastbound vehicle driven by a 28-year-old woman from Utah.”
Police investigators advised that Starr was driving at a steady speed below the posted speed limit of 55MPH when the collision occurred. It appears that both Starr and the other driver substantially slowed down prior to the collision.
Starr had to be extracted from his police vehicle before he could be medically transported to a hospital in Grand Rapids. The other driver was taken by ambulance to a local hospital in critical but stable condition.
The Daily News reported, “On-scene investigation throughout Friday night and Saturday morning has revealed Starr’s Dodge Charger patrol vehicle was struck head-on by a Jeep SUV which crossed the center line from eastbound Grand River Avenue and into the trooper’s lane of travel as he was responding to a low-priority call for service in the area.”
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