October 2, 2013 |
A woman who stole a Philadelphia police car in March after she and her boyfriend led police on a wild chase in a stolen Camden police car has been sentenced to three to eight years in prison. Shayna Sykes, 24, of Macungie, Pa., was sentenced by Common Pleas Court Judge Charles Ehrlich, who also ordered seven years' probation. Sykes pleaded guilty to theft, aggravated assault, and related charges. On March 5, Sykes and boyfriend Blake Bills, 24, stole an idling Camden police car while an officer made a traffic stop, police said.
December 4, 1987 |
Cherry Hill Mayor Maria Barnaby Greenwald did not act improperly by repeatedly borrowing an unmarked police car while her own car was having mechanical problems earlier this year, the township's Ethics Advisory Board has concluded. After a two-hour closed hearing late Wednesday, the board decided that there was "no reasonable cause" to believe that Greenwald's use of the police car violated the township's ethics ordinance. The ordinance prohibits township officials and employees from using township vehicles for "personal convenience or private advantage.
June 17, 2013
An unoccupied patrol vehicle rolled backwards into a Goodyear Service Store in the 2300 block of Welsh Road in Northeast Philadelphia early Sunday morning, a police spokeswoman reported. The driver, an Eighth District officer, had left the vehicle unattended at about 2:30 a.m. to run after a man wanted for aggravated assault. No further details were reported. – Walter F. Naedele
September 22, 1988 |
Two Darby Township residents were injured Saturday when they were hit by a Sharon Hill police car on its way to the scene of a fight at a Folcroft bar. Police said Violetta Sargent, 50, of the 1200 block of Calcon Drive, and Carl Jones, 27, of the 900 block of Barker Road, were struck about 1:50 a.m. on Hook Road near Clifton Avenue as they crossed from the north side to the south side in the middle of the block. The unmarked police car was driven by Sharon Hill Officer Walter Smith, who was traveling west on Hook Road with his emergency lights on. Darby Township Police Chief Robert Thompson said Smith was en route to assist Folcroft police on a call about a fight at a bar, which was not named.
April 6, 1989 |
"So what if it's used. You can't go wrong for $300. " No, the comment didn't come from a customer at the local thrift shop. It was from Millbourne Mayor Oscar C. Martenet, commenting on the "new" police car the borough purchased at an auction last week. The vehicle, a 1983 Dodge Diplomat, was an East Lansdowne police car until that borough replaced it with a new vehicle. East Lansdowne asked for bids on the old car, accepting Millbourne's high offer of $300. "It's got good tires, a good body and only 25,000 miles on a rebuilt engine.
November 7, 2012
A Philadelphia police patrol car responding to a report of a shooting was rammed by a maroon Camaro in the city's Nicetown-Hunting Park section about 4:30 p.m. Monday, police said. When the driver of the Camaro tried to drive away, the patrol car pursued it for several blocks to the intersection of Broad and Lycoming Streets, where it caused a motorcycle to swerve into a third car, police said. Two men jumped out of the Camaro and ran off. Police chased them but no arrests had been made as of Monday night.
January 29, 1991 |
Brent Fahr was no stranger to riding in a police car, but there usually was someone in the front seat driving. That was not the case two years ago, said the man who, according to court records, had been arrested in Bucks County at least six times between 1985 and 1990 on charges that included drunken driving and aggravated assault. Fahr, 26, contended in a lawsuit filed yesterday in Bucks County Court that he was injured in 1989 when the Bristol Township police car in which he sat alone and handcuffed rolled backward from its parking place and struck a tree.
March 5, 1989 |
A man and a 17-year-old boy, both from Philadelphia, suffered broken legs when they were hit by a police car after fleeing an apartment that they were later charged with having robbed. Coatesville police gave the following account: At 12:10 a.m. last Sunday, three males broke into Darren Mason's apartment in the 600 block of East Lincoln Highway. They put guns to the heads of Mason, 30, and Nina Carter, 24, shot out the telephone and a television, took a videocassette recorder valued at $250, and fled, according to police.
June 2, 1988 |
An unmarked Darby Township police car was firebombed late Monday night while it was parked outside the police station, and stones were thrown at a police officer as he reported to work. Three officers' personal cars, which also were parked in the station parking lot at Clifton Avenue and Hook Road, were doused with a flammable liquid but were not set on fire. Lt. Robert Thompson, the acting police chief, said Officer John Lundell was reporting for the midnight shift about 11:45 p.m. Monday when rocks were thrown at him as he was entering the station.
April 27, 2005 |
An alleged car thief from Philadelphia had his getaway cut short in Cherry Hill when he plowed into the rear of a marked police cruiser, authorities said yesterday. A Burlington County dealer called state police about 11:45 a.m. Monday to report that a man had not returned a green 1997 Chevy Cavalier from a test drive. Two hours later, the car rammed the Cherry Hill police car, which was stopped in traffic on North Kings Highway just north of Chapel Avenue, said Detective Sgt. Joe Vitarelli, a spokesman for Cherry Hill police.