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WPS TEAM WORK NETS HIGH SPEED OFFENDER

WPS AIR ONE (WPS PHOTO)
WPS AIR ONE (WPS PHOTO)

Police spokesman Constable Jason Michalyshen credits “excellent team work” for the arrest of a forty (40) year old offender who took WPS Patrol Officers on a high-speed chase.

On April 9, 2013 at 2:20 am, Police Officers observed a traffic violation involving a red Cadillac with several occupants who were travelling on Salter Street near Boyd Ave.  The officers subsequently attempted to initiate a traffic stop at which time the driver fled at a high rate of speed.

Police describe the driver as “having no regard for public safety” as he stepped on the gas in his efforts to elude officers.

Police Helicopter “Air One” was dispatched and assisted Patrol Officers by maintaining a visual on the suspect vehicle that was eventually observed to stop in the are of the 100 block of Inksbbrook Drive.  Once the vehicle stopped, the occupants attempted to flee on foot.

Due to coordinated efforts involving Police Dispatch, Patrol Units, Air One and the K9 Unit, five individuals were taken into custody.

A forty (40) year old male is facing charges of Flight from Police Officer & Drive While Disqualified under the Highway Traffic Act.

Kendra Sinclair (23) has been charged with Public Mischief.

Cameron Bonham (36) has been charged with Possessing a Controlled drug or Substance (Methamphetamine), Obstruct/Resist Police Officer and Breach Probation.

Two other occupants were released with no charges.

INSIDER COMMENTARY:

Police civilian dispatchers play an extremely important role in any successful Police pursuit.  Their ability to coordinate units, stay focused and maintain control over these stressful and emotionally charged incidents is exceptional.

Air One assisted with 185 arrests and responded to 3,445 incidents in 2012.

The WPS K9 Unit participates in hundreds of high risk incidents and arrests every year.  During the month of April, the K9 Unit is participating in fundraising efforts sponsored by Petland to raise funds to contribute to the WPS K9 vest and retirement fund.  For more details check out Police Insider story – WPS K9 Cops Raise Funds for PSD’s

One Comment

  1. Hi James That is indeed good police work, and the com Center never gets enough credit. I have a bit of experience with aerial support though! Lol. And I can tell you that what you describe has been done exactly that way, long before air one. You could do an interesting story on the real cost of air one, and how it could be done with the same or better results, and at one quarter of the cost.

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