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From www.wsoctv.com (December 31, 2010)
Two Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers were hospitalized after two crashes that stemmed from the same chase.
Officers Richard Grubb and Keith Trietley were injured on Tuesday afternoon. Neither the police department nor Carolinas Medical Center would release the men’s conditions on Friday morning.Police said Grubb, an officer in the Hickory Grove division, attempted to stop Francisco Rodriguez for speeding near the intersection of Sharon Amity Road and Shamrock Drive on Thursday afternoon. Rodriguez stopped but then put his pickup truck in reverse and rammed Grubb’s patrol car, police said. A short chase ensued, ending at the dead end of Michigan Avenue.
Grubb thought Rodriguez was going to get out of his truck and run, so he got out of his patrol car, police said. Rodriguez then put his truck in reverse again and tried to hit Grubb, according to police.
Grubb fired two shots at the truck after Rodriguez tried to hit him, police said. The suspect then fled and headed inbound on The Plaza. Grubb was hurt in the collision and taken to CMC for treatment. Witnesses said he was in obvious pain.
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“He was kind of stumbling, and barely able to hold his stance, you know, and that’s when he fell over on the hood of his car,” Roosevelt Jenkins said.
Trietley, an officer in the North Tryon division, was headed outbound on The Plaza, responding to Grubb’s call for backup, when police said Rodriguez intentionally veered into oncoming traffic, causing a head-on collision. Witnesses estimated Rodriguez was going around 60 mph at the time of the crash.
The crash trapped Trietley in his car, which was mangled by the collision. Firefighters had to cut the roof off the patrol car to reach Trietley and pull him to safety. They used half a dozen rescue tools, including the Jaws of Life, to reach the officer and Rodriguez, who was trapped in his truck after the crash.
Both Trietley and Rodriguez were rushed to CMC.
Witnesses described the crash as extremely violent.
“I heard a loud boom,” Ross McNear said. “I saw a lot of smoke and a lot of fire.”
McNear said he ran to Trietley’s car after the crash to try and help. The car was on fire, he said.
”We all ran up to the car, trying to pull the door open, trying to get the policeman out,” McNear said. “We finally got the door open, there was a lot of fire shooting out of the car, and an officer told us to get back (and) find a fire extinguisher. So that’s what I did, I found a fire extinguisher.”
McNear added: “We knew we couldn’t get him out. We knew he was pinned in. And he wasn’t responsive at first.”
”It’s devastating,” Faith Talmadge, who lives a few doors down from Trietley, said. “They’re such awesome people and just somebody to purposely do that — it’s unthinkable.”
Investigators said Treitley was alert and conscious by the time he was loaded into an ambulance. His patrol car was equipped with roll cages for extra protection, police said.
”Fortunately, the officer was (also) wearing his seat belt and, in addition to other equipment in his car, it probably saved his life,” Chief Rodney Monroe said.
Treitley has several broken bones, according to Monroe. He said the incident is a stark reminder of the risks officers take every day.
”Any time that you have any officer involved in a chase, involved in an accident, or involved in a shooting, it just makes you take pause and realize how dangerous this job is,” Monroe said.
Police have obtained warrants for Rodriguez for assault with a deadly weapon, assault with a deadly weapon on a government officer, assault on an officer and fleeing to elude arrest. He will also be charged with DWI, police said.
Rodriguez’s neighbor, Jose Orlando, called Rodriguez a friend of his, said he’s in the country legally and that he’s a regular churchgoer. Orlando was surprised to hear about the incident, saying Rodriguez is not the type of person he would picture being accused of crimes like these.
Police said Rodriguez is from Charlotte, but wanted in another state.
Anyone wishing to send ‘Get Well’ wishes to the Officers should send them to:
Officer Keith Trietley, North Tryon Division
Officer Richard Grubb, Hickory Grove Division
Care of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Dept., 601 East Trade Street, Charlotte, NC 28202