1. #1
    Sr. Information Officer
    NJFFSA16's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    25 NW of the GW
    Posts
    8,434

    Post FF Trainee charged in Fatal Accident

    TROY, Mich. (AP) - A 21-year-old firefighter trainee has been
    ordered tried for murder on accusations that he was highly drunk
    when he crashed his speeding car into a patrol car, killing a
    police officer.
    The May 13 crash occurred moments after Officer Gary Davis, a
    12-year police veteran in Oakland County's Bloomfield Township,
    arrested a drunken driving suspect on southbound Interstate 75 in
    this Detroit suburb. The officer died, and his suspect was
    seriously hurt.
    After a preliminary examination Wednesday, Troy District Judge
    William Bolle ruled that there was enough evidence for Joshua
    Campbell of Royal Oak to stand trial.
    The charges are second-degree murder, drunken driving causing
    death to emergency personnel, failing to use care while passing a
    stationary emergency vehicle causing death, and drunken driving
    causing serious injury.
    The maximum penalties for the four felonies are life in prison,
    20 years, 15 years and 15 years, respectively.
    Campbell, who was to graduate May 14 from the Oakland Fire
    Training Institute, had been drinking with friends in Canada. His
    blood alcohol level was 0.17 percent, more than twice the level of
    0.08 percent that is drunk under Michigan law.
    Authorities say Campbell was driving at least 90 miles per hour
    in a 65-mph zone.
    "He passed me like I was standing still," witness Freeman Lee
    of Royal Oak testified.
    Davis, 36, had handcuffed a 26-year-old Madison Heights man and
    put him in the back seat of his squad car.
    Defense lawyer Richard Lustig said Davis was partly responsible
    for his own death.
    "My client did not have time to stop," Lustig said. "Police
    officers make mistakes sometimes."
    Ontario Provincial Police are investigating whether bars in
    Windsor over-served Campbell, Troy police Lt. Gerry Scherlinck told
    the Detroit Free Press.
    Campbell remains free on bond. Arraignment before Oakland County
    Circuit Judge Rae Lee Chabot is scheduled for July 26.

    (Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
    Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
    Be Safe! Lookouts-Awareness-Communications-Escape Routes-Safety Zones

    *Gathering Crust Since 1968*
    On the web at www.section2wildfire.com

  2. #2
    MembersZone Subscriber
    EFD840's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2000
    Location
    Eclectic (no, NOT electric), Alabama
    Posts
    1,510

    Default

    Defense lawyer Richard Lustig said Davis was partly responsible for his own death. "My client did not have time to stop," Lustig said. "Police officers make mistakes sometimes."
    And some defense lawyers need to get their head out of their youknowwhat.

    Councilor, would he have been able to stop had his BAC not been .17 and/or his speed been a little closer to the legal limit!

  3. #3
    IACOJ Agitator
    Adze39's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2000
    Location
    In a van down by the CT River!
    Posts
    2,771

    Default Re: FF Trainee charged in Fatal Accident

    Originally posted by NJFFSA16
    Authorities say Campbell was driving at least 90 miles per hour
    in a 65-mph zone.

    ...

    Davis, 36, had handcuffed a 26-year-old Madison Heights man and
    put him in the back seat of his squad car.

    Defense lawyer Richard Lustig said Davis was partly responsible
    for his own death.

    "My client did not have time to stop," Lustig said. "Police
    officers make mistakes sometimes."
    What was the cops mistake? Doing his job? Once again, we see young people (although it is his lawyer making the accusation) not taking responsibility and passing the buck...
    IACOJ Agitator
    Fightin' Da Man Since '78!

  4. #4
    Senior Member

    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Posts
    566

    Default

    Authorities say Campbell was driving at least 90 miles per hour
    in a 65-mph zone.
    ...
    "My client did not have time to stop," Lustig said. "Police
    officers make mistakes sometimes.
    Sorry, wrong answer. The guy was intoxicated, twice the legal limit at that, speeding, and obviously breaking the law.

    How could it be the officers fault for getting hit by someone doing 90 in a 65? PSSSH! It's not. What's next, trying to say the fire academy was too rough and he needed to relieve stress?

  5. #5
    Forum Member

    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Eastern Central Kansas
    Posts
    845

    Default

    Rest in peace Davis.

    If I was the judge I would come down from my bench and smash the defense lawywer head into the table a few times. IF YOU DRINK AND DRIVE AND KILL SOMEONE I HAVE NO MERCY NOR NO SYMPATHY FOR YOUR SORRY LIFE. I hope that guy gets to rot the rest of his life away in a cement box.

    MESSAGE TO ALL FIREFIGHTER TRAINEES, IF YOU DRINK AND DRIVE YOU CAN KISS YOUR CHANCES OF A JOB AWAY, LIKE A FART IN THE WIND, DONT DO IT
    FF I
    FF II
    Hazmat Operations
    EMT-B
    ---------------------------------------------------

    The light at the end of the tunnel has been temporarly shut off due to the current work load. The Mangement

    When all else fails USE DUCT-TAPE!!!

    My views posted in this fourm are my personal views only and do not reflect on any agencies that I am afiliated with.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Log in

Click here to log in or register