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Glendale PD: Deputy going 41 mph over speed limit before fatal crash
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Posted on 03/21/2014 2:51:41 PM PDT by ClaytonP

The driver of an unmarked Maricopa County Sheriff's Office SUV was traveling 41 mph faster than the speed limit seconds before it T-boned a Nissan Cube and killed the driver in December.

A crash reconstruction by the Glendale Police Department showed Deputy Sean Pearce was going 81 mph in a 40 mph zone just prior to slamming on his brakes and colliding with the Cube driven by John Edward Harding, 63, of Glendale, according to a Glendale police report obtained by CBS 5 News on Monday.

Pearce, a 20-year veteran of the MCSO and the son of former state Sen. Russell Pearce, and Deputy David Parra were in separate unmarked vehicles and responding to a report that a murder suspect was on the move.

Sean Pearce told investigators he thought he was going about 55 mph in the center northbound lane of 59th Avenue and had no traffic in front of him, and then he saw Harding's vehicle enter the intersection of Hayward Avenue.

Sean Pearce said he locked up the brakes on the SUV but was unable to avoid the collision, according to the report.

Harding's widow, Nohemi Harding, learned from CBS 5 News the results of the report and said she wants justice for her husband.

"I don't know what he was thinking," she said. "I mean, he's the king of the road or what? He can do anything he wants because he's a policeman?"

Parra was following behind, saw the collision and stopped at the crash scene, according to the report.

Neither sheriff's vehicle was equipped with emergency lights, according to the report.

John Harding died at a nearby hospital. He is survived by his wife, Nohemi Harding, and a son, Jordan.

Glendale detectives have submitted the case to the county attorney's office requesting manslaughter charges be filed against Pearce, something Harding's widow would like to see.

"I have a concern that he may not get charged because of who he is - a policeman - and because he's the son of an ex-senator," said Nohemi Harding.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: arpapio; deputysheriff; donutwatch

1 posted on 03/21/2014 2:51:41 PM PDT by ClaytonP
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To: ClaytonP

Hear comes the dept of JustUs because it’s MCSO

Wait and see.


2 posted on 03/21/2014 2:57:24 PM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!!)
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To: mabarker1

Sounds like a white guy victim. His death is therefore irrelevant.


3 posted on 03/21/2014 3:03:26 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Over production, one of the top 5 worries for the American Farmer every year.)
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To: ClaytonP

“I have a concern that he may not get charged because of who he is - a policeman - and because he’s the son of an ex-senator,”

Ahem.


4 posted on 03/21/2014 3:04:46 PM PDT by FAA
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To: ClaytonP

Being well-connected didn’t help when fat Uncle Teddy Kennedy was convicted of manslaughter!

Oh, wait...

Wishing peace for the remaining family members. I’m not holding my breath, but I hope they find some way to gain closure.


5 posted on 03/21/2014 3:05:41 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: ClaytonP
Sean Pearce said he locked up the brakes on the SUV but was unable to avoid the collision,

Surprise, surprise, surprise!

What is it we keep hearing when questioning LEOs "flying low" on routine trips? "Oh LEOs are specially trained for high speed driving."

If you lock your front wheels, you throw away all your ability to steer to AVOID an accident. Maybe all LEOs need a bit of realistic driving simulator time and testing every three months on the simulator. Testing to be witnessed by civilians, including at least one with a recent "Reckless Driving - Excessive Speed" ticket.

6 posted on 03/21/2014 3:13:21 PM PDT by BwanaNdege
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To: ClaytonP
"I don't know what he was thinking," she said. "I mean, he's the king of the road or what? He can do anything he wants because he's a policeman?"

Welcome to the real world.

7 posted on 03/21/2014 3:13:50 PM PDT by Seruzawa (I kick @ss for the Lord!)
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To: ClaytonP

Her concern is warranted.


8 posted on 03/21/2014 3:16:56 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: ClaytonP
he thought he was going about 55 mph

I'll try that excuse next time a cop pulls me over.

9 posted on 03/21/2014 3:21:18 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: ClaytonP

The Glendale Police Department just issued this update through their press office:

“We want the public to know that there are allegations regarding one of our officers possible involvement in a motor vehicle accident. When Officer Pearce comes back on duty tomorrow, we’ll speak to him then. In the meantime, two of our decorated public servants have visited the home of the complainants, and shot their Poodle, when it attacked our officers. Thank you.”

Robert Castro
Chief of Polic


10 posted on 03/21/2014 3:21:33 PM PDT by InkStone (Omni Vivum Ex Surfboard)
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To: ClaytonP

wow, I suspect the Cube became the flattened square after that encounter


11 posted on 03/21/2014 3:29:25 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: ClaytonP

A similar event occurred a few years ago where I live. A county policewoman was responding to a call of a disturbance when she went through a red light at 90 mph. Her police car collided with the car of another driver who was proceeding through a green light and did not see or hear her car approaching. The driver was thrown from his car and killed. The policewoman was fired from her job, but appealed the decision and is seeking her old job back under a wrongful firing suit.


12 posted on 03/21/2014 3:34:58 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: ClaytonP

What the heck was John Harding doing in the way of a Ruling Elite, above the law, public master?


13 posted on 03/21/2014 3:38:55 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: InkStone

The driver wasn’t Glendale PD, he was MCSO. So, that statement would have to be issues by Sheriff Joe Arpaio, not Robert Castro.


14 posted on 03/21/2014 3:45:30 PM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: ClaytonP

Deputy Sheriff’s are one of the biggest groups of wannabes that have ever existed. They have the short man, short dick syndrome all to them themselves. They are wannabe Napoleons that just can’t make the cut. Where I live there must be a minimum weight requirement for them, because most tip the scales at about 350 lbs.


15 posted on 03/21/2014 3:54:06 PM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: ClaytonP

A recent graduate of the Fullerton, CA Police Academy racing home to show his husband his diploma.


16 posted on 03/21/2014 4:03:46 PM PDT by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice.)
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To: bigbob
wow, I suspect the Cube became the flattened square after that encounter

I'm thinking one could get seriously injured in one of those things if hit by a bicyle.

Personally, I wouldn't care to be on the highway in one of these - unless everyone else was aldo not driving anything bigger. -

to me, it kinda looks like a glorified golfcart


17 posted on 03/21/2014 4:16:41 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does - by their fruits)
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To: BwanaNdege
If you lock your front wheels, you throw away all your ability to steer to AVOID an accident.

Probably a figurative statement. Most vehicles have anti-lock and chances are his did. My guess is he probably hit the brakes just a second or two before impact and had no chance of steering.

18 posted on 03/21/2014 4:19:15 PM PDT by palmer (There's someone in my lead but it's not me)
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To: mabarker1

Not really. The lesson to be learned here is that Cube < SUV. If you want to be safe, don’t drive a small car.


19 posted on 03/21/2014 4:38:55 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
If you want to be safe, don’t drive a small car.

Generally true. I take risks, but often drive my truck because it is safer than my small car. Long time ago two guys I know were driving their 60s Corvette and got T-boned by another car. The Corvette, being made of fiberglass, exploded. Tail section ended up a couple hundred feet from the engine section, parts landed on neighboring roofs. Miraculously, both guys were relatively okay still buckled in their seats on the road, with no car remaining around them. You can die in any vehicle, or angels could save you in a bad situation.

20 posted on 03/21/2014 4:56:46 PM PDT by roadcat
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To: ClaytonP
I mean, he's the king of the road or what? He can do anything he wants because he's a policeman?

Yes ma'am. Anything he wants.

21 posted on 03/21/2014 5:28:55 PM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy (The bill was the subject of a truly awe-inspiring tsunami of poorly informed indignation. Rich Lowry)
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To: Balding_Eagle

But!

dept of JustUs HATES Sheriff Joe/MCSO so that will over ride the dead (RIP Sir) white guy factor.


22 posted on 03/21/2014 5:29:51 PM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!!)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

23 posted on 03/21/2014 5:33:41 PM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!!)
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To: roadcat

I have a friend that was apprehensive to get into a Corvette I owned because the body was made of fiberglass.

I had to explain to him that the body of the car doesn’t protect you in an accident and that it’s merely a shell.


24 posted on 03/21/2014 5:55:22 PM PDT by Rodney Dangerfield (Has any President in history sunk to such a level of self-flattery & validation-seeking?)
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To: roadcat

The most impressive one I heard of was of three guys who were boosting car stereos in a club parking lot when they were spotted by a female cop. They fired on her, not hitting her, before speeding off in their car down a snaking half mile of smooth road. Their driver really floored it, and must have been doing over 60 when he ran the read light at the intersection.

Perpendicular to him was a semi truck at about the same speed. Their car, and them, disintegrated. They had to shut down an entire block in the direction the truck was heading for over a day, as police did a thorough search with tongs and plastic bags. They found bits of car and person on top of several buildings downrange.

They never did identify the decedents. This was before DNA was widely used for that purpose.


25 posted on 03/21/2014 7:11:28 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Did they look in the Indian Ocean?


26 posted on 03/21/2014 10:04:15 PM PDT by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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Justice aborted.....


27 posted on 03/22/2014 12:24:16 AM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (Had Enough Yet ? ........................ Enforce the Bill of Rights ......... It's the LAW !!!)
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To: ClaytonP

...locked up the brakes...

I’m going to presume this was a new model SUV with anti-lock brakes. Is it possible to lock up anti-lock brakes?


28 posted on 03/22/2014 5:47:09 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: Ken H

I tried to make some inquiries of individual policemen after the fact, and the local cops didn’t even want to think about it, much less talk about it. So I asked a cop in an adjacent city if they had heard anything, and he said he got about the same response from cops in the first city he had talked with.

I guess spending a nice, hot day with tongs and baggies picking up the pieces of somebody’s sweet, shattered dreams is a bit much, even for experienced cops.

“I think I found an ear. Or maybe a foreskin. Hard to tell.”


29 posted on 03/22/2014 6:48:55 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: Izzy Dunne

“he thought he was going about 55 mph

I’ll try that excuse next time a cop pulls me over. “

Bullshit, bulshit! Crap, something in my throat. It must Be Jeff Foxworthy’s speed index.

He didn’t know how fast he was going because he DIDN’T CARE.


30 posted on 03/22/2014 4:55:12 PM PDT by LevinFan
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To: caver
Deputy Sheriff’s are one of the biggest groups of wannabes that have ever existed. They have the short man, short dick syndrome all to them themselves. They are wannabe Napoleons that just can’t make the cut. Where I live there must be a minimum weight requirement for them, because most tip the scales at about 350 lbs.

Where you live?

Whoops. There's the problem. You sound like somebody that wants California to fall into the ocean.

31 posted on 03/22/2014 7:30:15 PM PDT by houeto (We intend to liberate Democrats from the dreaded Job-Lock this November!)
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To: houeto

“You sound like somebody that wants California to fall into the ocean.”

I don’t know what that had to do with my statement, but yea, I’d like to see Kalifornia drop off.


32 posted on 03/24/2014 3:32:14 AM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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I don’t know what that had to do with my statement, but yea, I’d like to see Kalifornia drop off.

I'd like to see that too. So would about 100 million other people.

33 posted on 03/24/2014 7:30:13 AM PDT by Seruzawa (I kick @ss for the Lord!)
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To: ClaytonP; Alaska Wolf; TexasFreeper2009; Respond Code Three

JBT Ping list

34 posted on 03/26/2014 8:02:30 AM PDT by null and void ( Obama is Law-Less because Republican "leaders" are BALL-LESS!!)
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