The Palmetto Police Department had a road block last weekend. They expected to come in contact with the usual drunk drivers, uninsured drivers and drivers driving on a suspended licenses, but what happened this weekend, they likely did not expect. According to reports, a Decatur man came to the road block in his Ford Thunderbird convertible on his cell phone, Sgt. Gregg asked the man to hang up his phone. Apparently, the driver refused to hang up his phone when the Officer reached in the vehicle to stop the engine, the driver revved up his engine and hit the gas. As a result of the car moving forward, Sgt. Gregg was spun into the rear of the vehicle. The driver then lost control of his car and flipped it killing the driver immediately and injuring Sgt. Gregg.
Police officers never know what is going to happen with the next car they stop for a traffic stop. This stop was anything but routine. This driver’s reckless conduct ultimately caused his own death, but more important than that is the senseless injuries he caused Sgt. Gregg.