Tuesday, May 04, 2010

GPD Stopped Man Shortly Before Fatal Crash

   
Greece police stopped Scott R. Kleehamer, 51, shortly before he hit a tree on the Lake Ontario State Parkway Monday night. Police determined that his license was suspended & that Kleehamer was intoxicated and a paraplegic. While investigating, the man took off in his specially equipped vehicle and GPD chased him for a short distance before discontinuing pursuit. Kleehamer died after striking a tree in a head-on crash about an hour later.

MPN News

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

This seems very odd. The police will pursue folks at high speeds down ridge road, but leave this fellow alone?

Where is the new police attitude sounds like the same old bs

Anonymous said...

People should think twice before using that new bike and walking path along the parkway.
We are "quieting" Dewey Ave to promote walking where the speed limit is 35 and encouraging walking on the parkway where the limit is 55 but the reality is 70. A driver even when sober can lose control at those speeds. And that path is very close to the traffic.
So they just decided they could contact him later? What a casual attitude. He almost hurt a pedestrian and a driver.
Should we trust police that can't efficiently detain an intoxicated, paraplegic motorist?

Anonymous said...

This is a lose=lose situation for the cops no matter what. All that they can do is use their best judgment at the time.

It is very sad but at least no innocent bystanders were involved.

SCATS said...

To 5:58PM ~~ While I agree with your general sentiment, it seems like it would have been so easy to take his keys once they realized he couldn't get out of the vehicle.

Anonymous said...

Taking the keys was the obvious move.
Greece Keystone cops strike again.

Drunk paraplegic and no current license what more reasons did they need

SCATS said...

To 6:59PM ~~ AND a repeat DWI offender to boot.

SCATS said...

I wonder if his family will sue the Town of Greece, too? The line for that must be getting rather long by now.

Anonymous said...

The deceased was a well known Frequent Flier at Park Ridge, where he will NOT be missed.

While it sounds very easy to remove the ignition key from the car of a drunk driver, even a parapalegic drunk driver, it is a very unsafe action for a lone cop to undertake. It's a damn fool move for a cop to make with a known nasty drunk and no backup.

The comedy award in this goes to the GPD spokesman who stated the chase was discontinued because it would have been tragic if the drunk had topped the hill @ MtReid & Latta nad wiped out a family of 4. Hey genius, is it OK to wipe out a family of 3? How about just a couple?

Why was the drunk in posession of a car to begin with? Obviously the specially modified car was for his use alone, why didn't the Court impound it when he was last convicted?

SCATS said...

To 10:16PM ~~ Since the driver was being so cordial as reported by Chief Todd, the officer should have calmly requested the keys. Perhaps they would have been handed over.

As for taking away his vehicle, that's a good point you made.

Anonymous said...

Good common sence decision by the cops. Thanks for the good work!

Anonymous said...

I am not understanding the police doing the 'right thing' by letting this guy continue down the road.

Am I missing something here? After a reported 'near miss' the police let the guy KEEP DRIVING?????
If I understood the new chief last night on tv news saying the officer followed the right proceedures - WHAT?

SCATS said...

To 8:09AM ~~ Safe procedures in a chase situation is to halt the chase if/when it becomes apparent that the chase may endanger others more than allowing the person to flee. In this case, they already knew who they were chasing and where they could locate him later (home address). Under our previous chief, chases at high speeds seemed to go until the cops either lost the person or caught him.

Anonymous said...

They knew where they could find him?????
Please, they let a drunk driver just drive away.
This situation smells to high heaven.
Is no one concerned that he could have hurt others.
Are we saying we no longer have 'chases' in Greece and that 'no chases' are the policy???
No more road blocks??

SCATS said...

To 12:09PM ~~ Yes, I'm concerned that he could have hurt others. I'm also concerned that the decision to let him go resulted in his death. My previous statement was meant to enlighten readers as to the difference in operational procedures cops use in these situations. A judgement call was made. Was it the right one? I haven't heard anyone say WHICH officer made that decision. Have you?