Trooper Dan Cole
Troop C - Tampa
Congratulations to Trooper Daniel Cole for being selected as the recipient of the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month Award for December 2005, as a result of his apprehension of a suspect who was involved in a fatal hit and run crash involving a pedestrian.
On December 1, 2005, while Trooper Cole was investigating another crash on Interstate 275, he learned that a suspect who had just run over a person crossing a busy street was fleeing the scene on Interstate 275 in Pinellas County. Trooper Cole subsequently observed the suspect’s vehicle, which appeared to have fresh crash damage. The suspicious damage and the driver’s inability to maintain a single lane prompted Trooper Cole to temporarily excuse himself from the crash he was already investigating to pursue the suspect’s vehicle.
The suspect refused to stop, and eventually left the interstate, struck a curb, and finally disabled his vehicle. Trooper Cole approached the car and placed the suspect in custody. The suspect and vehicle were turned over to the St. Petersburg Police Department, the agency that was investigating the fatal hit and run crash.
As a result of Trooper Daniel Cole’s quick actions, a career criminal and habitual traffic offender was quickly captured. Trooper Cole acted in the highest tradition of the Florida Highway Patrol, and is hereby commended for his actions.