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DPS officer quits; faced firing over fatal pursuit

Josey1Josey1 Member Posts: 15,758
edited January 2002 in General Discussion
DPS officer quits; faced firing over fatal pursuitCarlos MillerThe Arizona RepublicJan. 31, 2002 A Department of Public Safety officer who ran a red light, killing a Mesa man during a pursuit last year, has resigned.Christopher Valdez was going to be fired for violating several DPS procedures during the September pursuit, including failure to follow orders to end the pursuit, DPS spokesman Frank Valenzuela said. Valdez, 33, also faces manslaughter charges, making him the first Arizona law enforcement officer to face criminal charges in a fatal pursuit. Photo radar pictures showed Valdez traveling 22 miles over the posted speed limit when he ran a red light and slammed into a car driven by 25-year-old Edward Shelly, an Arizona State University computer engineer. Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley said last year that Valdez showed "gross deviation" during the pursuit because he failed to follow a direct order from his supervisor telling him to break off the chase.DPS hired Valdez in 1999 despite a prior DUI conviction and a citation for reckless driving, both from New Mexico in 1990.Reach the reporter at [email protected] or (602) 444-8208.


  • Richie RichRichie Rich Member Posts: 439 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    yep this happend about 10 miles from my house and is big news,the public is really pissed about the priors.
    Remember,"your woman may not find you handsome, But atleast she'll find ya handy". I love that show..............
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