Trooper David Roan
Troop H - Tallahassee
Congratulations to Trooper David Roan for being selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month for April 2011.
On April 6, Roan responded to the area of I-10 and the 199 mile marker to assist officers from the Tallahassee Police Department who were investigating a car-jacking and searching for the suspect. Roan positioned himself on the south shoulder of eastbound I- 10 to see if the suspect would crossover the roadway. Officers from TPD, including K-9 units, were unable to locate the suspect and called off their search. Roan remained in the area with other officers from the Patrol. A short time later, he saw the suspect run across I-10 under the Old Bainbridge Road overpass from the area where the perimeter had been established.
While other officers drove north to attempt to cut the suspect off on Old Bainbridge Road, Roan drove to where the suspect was running and used his public address system to command the suspect to stop. The suspect ignored his instructions, jumped the concrete barrier wall, ran across the westbound lanes of I-10 and up the embankment to Old Bainbridge Road. Roan jumped the concrete barrier and ran up the embankment after the suspect. When he reached the top, Roan saw the suspect running north to an apartment complex and lost sight of him near the fence by the pool. When more TPD officers arrived, Roan to continued toward the apartment complex because the suspect had been known to reside there. He continued on foot and saw the suspect trying to hide in a concrete drainage ditch. Roan held the suspect at gunpoint until other officers arrived to take the suspect into custody.
Roan is to be commended for his actions during this incident.