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Trooper in Elite DUI Unit Had Secret to His Success

Maryland's John Sollon wrote tickets to drivers who didn't exist

(Newser) - Maryland State Trooper John Sollon belonged to an elite DUI unit, and his stats showed why. In 2019 alone, he logged a record 50-plus arrests, reports the Baltimore Sun . But now Sollon's secret to success is out, and it's one that nearly landed him in prison. The 36-year-old... More »

Trucker Rescued Moments Before Rig Explodes

NJ troopers pulled man to safety

(Newser) - Two New Jersey state troopers pulled a trucker to safety just seconds before his burning tractor-trailer exploded, the AP reports. Trooper Robert Tarleton had stopped a vehicle on Interstate 287 on Monday when he saw the truck become engulfed in flames after it hit a guardrail and bridge abutment, state... More »

Witness: Trooper's Killer Didn't Want to Pay for Towing

Joseph Bullock, 42, had stopped on an interstate to help

(Newser) - The driver of a disabled vehicle who shot to death a Florida trooper didn't want to pay for the car to be towed, a witness has said. Joseph Bullock , 42, was killed Wednesday after stopping to help the motorist on Interstate 95 in Martin County. A tow truck driver... More »

Florida Trooper Shot Dead While Helping Motorist

Suspect shot and killed by another officer after gunning down trooper Joseph Bullock, 42

(Newser) - An Air Force veteran who'd worked for the Florida Highway Patrol for nearly two decades was shot dead Wednesday morning while assisting a driver on a stretch of highway near Palm City in Martin County. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles announced that Joseph Bullock, 42,... More »

Trooper Has to Be Revived After Drug Stop

Vermont officer was unresponsive, needed Narcan

(Newser) - A Vermont state trooper nearly died in the line of duty over a traffic stop, but not for the reason you might expect. Sgt. Brett Flansburg apparently came into contact with drugs during his search of a suspect's car before collapsing, reports MassLive . Flansburg was able to call for... More »

State Trooper Shoots, Kills Man Who Stabbed Him

34-year-old man killed in Maryland after he attacked officer during struggle; officer recovering

(Newser) - Maryland State Police say a trooper shot and killed a man who stabbed him during a struggle Monday. The trooper was released from a shock trauma center several hours after the shooting in Westminster, about 36 miles northwest of Baltimore, police note. Michael J. D'Angelo, the 34-year-old Westminster man... More »

Texas Trooper Killed During Traffic Stop

Suspect was captured more than 100 miles away

(Newser) - A man suspected of killing a Texas state trooper during a traffic stop was taken into custody more than 100 miles away, authorities said Thursday night. The Harris County Sheriff's Office announced on Twitter that the suspect was apprehended in neighboring Waller County. The Texas Department of Public Safety... More »

Sneaky Troopers Don Disguise to Nab Speeders

They dress as construction workers

(Newser) - About 30 drivers in Pennsylvania who zipped by a construction worker while over the speed limit got a rude surprise less than a mile down the road. That construction worker was actually a state trooper in disguise, and he then radioed ahead for the speeders to be pulled over on... More »

Cops: Soldier Kills Wife, Then a State Trooper

Suspect in upstate New York surrenders after domestic dispute

(Newser) - Police in northern New York say a soldier stationed at Fort Drum killed his wife and a state trooper who arrived to investigate. Justin Walters, 32, is accused of shooting trooper Joel Davis, a 36-year-old father of three, as Walters approached the couple's residence in the town of Theresa... More »

Trooper Allegedly Tried to Get a Date, Got Arrested Instead

Eric Richardson accused of lying about 'harassing' stops

(Newser) - A New Jersey state trooper is accused of repeatedly pulling over women in order to pressure them into a date. Sound familiar? That's because another NJ state trooper was accused last year of doing the very same thing , though in a different part of the state. In this case,... More »

Ex-Trooper Kills 2 in Failed Turnpike Holdup

Former Pa. trooper was shot dead at scene

(Newser) - A retired state trooper killed a turnpike toll collector and a security guard in a holdup attempt at a toll plaza and then was shot dead by troopers while trying to escape with the money, authorities say. Clarence Briggs, who retired four years ago, confronted two Pennsylvania Turnpike toll collectors... More »

Woman at Trooper's Killing May Play Big Role in Case

Suspect's attorney makes dicey allegations

(Newser) - The murder of a state trooper in Texas has just taken an uncomfortable legal turn, as evidenced by this unusual editor's note atop the coverage at KHOU : "We want to let you know this is the first time we've reported these claims about Deputy Darren Goforth and ... More »

Guy Walks 46 Miles in Minus-35 Cold

'He had been drinking,' says Alaska police officer

(Newser) - An Alaska man who attempted to walk 50 miles between two villages at 35 below zero was found in good shape 4 miles from his goal by searchers called by his family. Lawrence James, 52, wore heavy winter gear and carried water and a .22-caliber rifle. He walked nonstop for... More »

Guy Applies for Cop Job, Admits to Underage Sex

Joseph White allegedly made admissions during polygraph test

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man is behind bars after allegedly telling state police he'd had sex with an underage girl. What's unusual: He told them while applying for a job as a state trooper, the AP reports via the Patriot-News . Police say Joseph White, 29, made the admission during a... More »

Merry Troopers Eschew Tickets, Hand Out $100 Bills

'Secret Santa' funds WVa. giveaway

(Newser) - Being pulled over by a state trooper and asked if you feel lucky might sound like the start of an unpleasant encounter but for 10 motorists in West Virginia, it really was their lucky day. Instead of a ticket, the drivers were handed a $100 bill as part of a... More »

Troopers Drive Woman Across Utah to See Sick Son

Helen Smith, 87, got pulled over first

(Newser) - When 87-year-old Helen Smith of Nevada learned that her son was near death in a Utah hospital, she hopped in her car and began the 350-mile trip. The problem is that she buzzed by a Utah trooper en route, and he pulled her over to issue a warning, reports KUTV... More »

Crowd Taunts Captured Fugitive Frein

He is arraigned in Pennsylvania on murder charges

(Newser) - As officers led newly captured fugitive Eric Frein from a courthouse in Pennsylvania today, the New York Times reports that they stopped for a moment as if to give the 150 or so bystanders a good look. Shouts of "Rot in hell," "You're not a real... More »

Fugitive Eric Frein Caught in Pennsylvania

Suspected cop-killer captured at small airport

(Newser) - The manhunt for Eric Frein is over: Authorities in Pennsylvania have captured the suspected cop-killer at a small regional airport in the Pocono Mountains, reports NBC News . Frein surrendered without any shots fired, an FBI official tells the Philadelphia Inquirer . The 31-year-old Frein had been on the run after allegedly... More »

Survivalist's 'Chilling' Diary Found at Campsite

Eric Frein is 'pure evil,' police say

(Newser) - Eric Frein has been a fugitive in the mountains of Pennsylvania for almost a month—and police say a journal has left them in no doubt that the man they're trying to hunt down is "pure evil." The journal found at an abandoned campsite appears to recount... More »

Cops Find Tuna, Ramen Left by Fugitive Survivalist

Troopers say they're closing in on Eric Frein

(Newser) - Accused cop killer Eric Frein continues to elude authorities in the mountains of Pennsylvania, but police think his task just got a lot harder: He left behind a stash of tuna, ramen noodles, clothes, and ammo at a campsite, reports NBC News . “I would surmise we pushed him out... More »

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