Photo/Story Gallery 2006
FHP in the Air and on the Road!
Whether in the air or on the road, FHP is on patrol to keep our roads safe!
Recently, FHP was on the scene and in the air when a tour bus carrying a load of middle school students stalled on some railroad tracks while a CSX freight train was on its way. The quick thinking and evacuation of the chaperones and students from Fox Chapel Middle School in Hernando County saved them from serious, possibly fatal, injury.
Pictured left, Sgt. Frye inspects the damage to the tour bus and right, Sgt. Frye on board the Bay News 9 helicopter.
The bus, empty on impact, was struck by the freight train. There were only six minor injuries. Brooksville District Sergeant Lee Frye investigated the accident. He took aerial photos to give him a better view of the scene and aid in his investigation. Troop C Public Affairs Officer Trooper Larry Coggins was able to secure him a ride on board a Bay News 9 helicopter–a special thanks to Bay News 9 for their assistance.
Just a few minutes after hearing a BOLO regarding a Lake County bank robbery, Lakeland District Corporal John Britt was eye to eye in traffic with the suspect on U.S. 27 in Polk County. Waiting for backup to arrive, Corporal Britt maintained a visual on the vehicle until Trooper Swearingin was in place. Both members activated their emergency equipment which began a 30 mile pursuit into Central Florida, ending up in an Orlando neighborhood where, unfortunately, the suspect committed suicide. The chase ended safely for the public and the agencies that assisted the Florida Highway Patrol. The stolen money was located and returned to the rightful owner.
A Pasco County man is off the streets thanks to the watchful eye of Troop C pilot Sgt. Miguel Cendan. During a recent aircraft detail on I-75 in Pasco County, Land-O-Lakes District Trooper Larry Kraus attempted to stop a motorcycle that was clocked by Sgt. Cendan at 95 miles per hour in a 70 miles per hour zone. When the motorcycle driver ignored Trooper Kraus’ blue lights and siren, Troop Kraus backed off and let the bear in the air take over!
Following from up above, Sgt. Cendan (pictured left with his plane) tracked the motorcycle into Hernando County at speeds of over 150 miles per hour, improperly passing on the shoulder, down the middle of the interstate, and at times parting the traffic. Sgt. Cendan maintained contact with the ground troopers.
When the driver finally came to a stop at his place of business in Brooksville, the troopers showed up. He was arrested on numerous charges, stating that he would have never run and made matters worse had he known that the FHP pilot was following him in the sky. He must have missed the sign on the interstate that clearly states “Highways patrolled by air”!
A great job done by all involved. Keep up the good work!