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Police Drop Charges Against Man Rushing Wife to Hospital

Associated Press

June 22, 2010

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities in Chattanooga have dropped charges against a man who was cited by a police officer as he rushed his wife to a hospital, thinking she was having a stroke.

The arrest occurred just after midnight June 16 at Erlanger Hospital, where Jessie Wright had driven his wife Aline, who works there as a nurse.

In a news release Tuesday, Chattanooga Police said they were dropping charges of evading arrest, assault on a police officer, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and registration violation. The charges were placed by Officer James Daves after Wright ran two traffic signals on the way to the hospital.

Daves was suspended with pay on Monday, pending results of an investigation.

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  • Evgeni_nabokov_max50


    about 4 years ago


    bump chief

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    If you see an officer behind you, and he tries to pull you over, stop and tell the officer the medical situation. A lot of officers are 1st responders or EMT'S. They may be able to provde some help. I don't think there is ever ANY reason not to stop if an officer tries to pull you over.

  • Death_sheild_max50


    about 4 years ago


    With all that can be said, my family comes first!!!! Ranking officers will step aside.

  • John_groh_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Bump Chief Dennis

  • 25-1-13-a_1__max50


    about 4 years ago


    While I agree that there is not enough information supplied by any news agency covering this incident, I would be willing to bet that the alleged assault charge comes from Jessie Wright going past Officer Daves into the emergency room. That said, if I believed that my wife was having a stroke or any member of my family were having a similar and or other serious medical emergency that my driving them to the E/R would be faster than calling for a med-aid response, the officer better get out of my way. He/she and the department better hope that the delay in medical services did not result in the death of said family member just for the sake of writing a ticket.

    His paid admin leave pending an IA investigation is normal. It will be interesting to see what the results of the IA investigation are and to see if there are additional days off that are unpaid. I know that the badge gives us a lot of authority but sometimes and in certain situations we need to take a step back and drop the ego. I would be willing to bet that when it is all said and done, this incident will amount to a simple case of "Contempt of Cop / Officer Daves" and hardly worth all of the drama negative attention that it has caused. At this point, dropping all of the charges was the right thing to do.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    Well from what details we did get, it seems like they did the right thing in dropping the charges against the guy. I didnt catch the part where he assaulted to officer in the first story. But no, no excuse for that one. I dont understand why they didnt opt for desk duty for this officer while scheduling him in for some re- training, instead send him home with pay...

  • Img_0103_max50


    about 4 years ago


    "Bump" mccord17....

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    This story is a total waste of time, not enough information to tell, a medical emergency is never an excuse to drive recklessly, the story might read "2 die in fatal accident on way to hospital" mccord17 i don't know of any agency around here that would do an escort of an individual in a POVfor liability reasons among others, do you do that in NM?

  • Justice-400_max50


    about 4 years ago


    There are a lot of details missing here. Usually rushing your family member to the hospital is not an excuse for reckless driving. EMS exists for a reason. However, this guy might also live an hour from the hospital and have a volunteer department the only might come out to the call. Like I said, not many details.

  • Dioge7_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Bump TexasFred

    You call it suspension, I call it vacation. I hate to do this but, I disagree with the officers decision...based solely on the information provided. There's always more to a story than we are told though.

  • White_shirt_max50


    about 4 years ago


    It is called damage control and it was the only right thing to do. This officer used no common sense in this incident. I feel his career is salvageable however, needs some training and possibly a few days suspension for his actions. He needs to be on a short string for awhile.

  • Ba_old_glory_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I can understand dropping everything but "Assault on a Police Officer". This now paves the way for circumstance to rule instead of law. Now if you're in a hurry, just assault the Officer and be on your way. I'm sure there's more to the story, but what there is so far STINKS. I'm glad Officer Daves is still getting paid.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    the officer should have asked more questions and escort them safely to the hospital. If its a true emergency how could you arrest someone for doing what you would if it was your wife......

  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I will wait until the rest of the story comes out here.

  • Eagle_rwb_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Who waits around 10-15 minutes for an ambulance to come? Citing someone who was trying to get to the hospital in an emergency is outrageous.

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