March 29, 1995 |
Catherine Spatzer, who stole a Marple police car during a wild chase through the township in November, was paroled yesterday by a Delaware County judge, who ordered her to report to an inpatient drug treatment facility. Spatzer, 32, pleaded guilty March 6 to robbery, theft and escape after the incident, in which she robbed a police officer's mother-in-law in an Acme parking lot on West Chester Pike in Marple. She had been in prison since she was arrested, nearly 4 1/2 months, and was given immediate parole.
December 15, 2011 |
A Chester County police chief has been disciplined for allowing his 16-year-old son to drive a township police car in an episode that ended with a crash, and then for failing to tell township supervisors.. Tredyffrin Township Police Superintendent Andrew Chambers, who has headed the department since 2008, was suspended for four days without pay in response to the Nov. 23 incident, Township Solicitor Vincent T. Donohue said Thursday. Donohue said Robert W. Lamina, the supervisors' chairman, received an anonymous letter in the mail the weekend of Dec. 3 that he did not read until the evening of Dec. 4, because he had been out of town.
November 17, 1988 |
A man wanted in last week's theft of a state police car containing several heavy-duty weapons held police at bay for almost three hours yesterday, threatening to jump off the roof of a rowhouse in East Falls. The incident began at 1:30 p.m. and ended peacefully at 4:10, when police negotiators talked him into coming down and took him into custody. Andrew Kane, 28, of the 2800 block of West Harold Street in North Philadelphia, was unarmed during the standoff on a second-story roof of the three-story house in the 3900 block of Ridge Avenue.
September 23, 2010
A 28-year-old man briefly stole a patrol car late Thursday afternoon in Center City, apparently trying to run over the police officer, and crashed into a taxi, injuring the cab driver, police said. About 5:20 p.m., a Sixth District patrol car had stopped a taxi for a traffic violation when Derrick Taylor, of the 5200 Lebanon Street in West Philadelphia, got into the patrol car and sped toward the officer, said Lt. Frank Vanore. The officer jumped out of the way and the patrol car crashed into the taxi, Vanore said.
December 31, 2010 |
A South Philadelphia man was shot in the hand by Upper Darby police last night after he rammed his pickup truck into an unmarked cruiser. The man, whose name was not released, was apparently trying to free his friend, who had been arrested by a pair of detectives, said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. The bizarre episode started to unfold about 6 p.m., when Upper Darby detectives and Philadelphia police ventured to Winton Street near 3rd, in South Philly. There, Chitwood said, two of his detectives arrested a man who was wanted on domestic-violence charges.
December 22, 1994 |
Robert Wright never got to finish his french fries and his Burger King double hamburger Friday night. He did, however, get to wear them. It seems that Wright, 19, of North Carolina, who police said was legally drunk at the time, was so busy eating his midnight snack while driving down Pennsylvania Avenue that he didn't notice the borough police police vehicle stopped in the road. Until it was too late. "He was driving while he was eating, and he didn't have his hands where they should have been," said Borough Police Cpl. Gene Ross.
June 20, 2002 |
A handcuffed prisoner made a brazen escape from narcotics officers yesterday in Southwest Philadelphia, stealing their police cruiser and driving it several blocks before ditching it and vanishing, authorities said. The episode sparked a massive police search of Mount Moriah Cemetery, which sprawls across Cobbs Creek into Delaware County. Detectives said the man was arrested about 1:15 p.m. at 65th Street and Greenway Avenue on suspicion of selling crack. Two uniformed Narcotics Strike Force officers handcuffed the man, identified as Dannell Cash, 21, of Willingboro, and placed him in the back of their marked car. The vehicle has no protective wire separating the front and back seats, police said.
March 27, 2013 |
A NEW JERSEY woman has been charged with kidnapping a young girl at the Jersey Shore after police say the victim - who had been forced at gunpoint to drive to Philadelphia - crashed the car into a police cruiser on the Ben Franklin Bridge. Shortly before noon Friday, according to authorities, a Delaware River Port Authority cop was assisting a driver on the bridge when the juvenile victim purposely crashed into his cruiser. The girl then jumped out of the car and told the cop that her passenger, identified as Floribert Nava, 45, of Wildwood, N.J., had kidnapped her at gunpoint in Wildwood earlier that morning and forced her to drive to Philadelphia.
July 20, 1994 |
A township couple and their 11-month-old daughter were killed yesterday and another daughter - a 3-year-old - was critically injured when their compact car collided with a police cruiser responding to a report of a burglary. Police said the family's car apparently pulled out in front of the police car, which had its siren on and lights flashing. The driver of the car, Walter Lassiter, 30, who worked at the PX store at Fort Dix, and his wife, Wendy, 32, who recently became a supervisor at the fort's mess hall, were pronounced dead at the scene.
August 18, 2015 |
IT WOULDN'T TAKE you more than a few seconds on the Internet to find a police controversy that began with one of the most common occurrences in law enforcement: a car stop. Police officials, legal experts and countless social media users all study the dashboard camera videos and smartphone recordings that often accompany these stories. A clear video with decent audio can help a viewer to separate fact from fiction and understand how and why some encounters take a turn for the worse.