Photo/Story Gallery 2009
All in a Day’s Work in Troop D
The Florida Highway Patrol trooper is trained to react in a variety of scenarios, whether on or off duty. Several Troop D troopers have recently demonstrated how well their training came in handy when they needed it the most.
Trooper Jason Dungan was headed home after his shift. He stopped to grab a quick meal and noticed a suspicious vehicle parked behind a local restaurant in an obscure location in Port Orange. After running the tag on the vehicle he realized that the vehicle was wanted in a previous armed robbery. Inside the vehicle, Trooper Dungan found a mask, gun and gloves. With the assistance of the Port Orange Police Department, a passenger was located in the woods and a shotgun was found behind a tree. Both suspects admitted to driving to that location so they could rob the restaurant. Both were taken into custody and booked into the county jail. Trooper Dungan’s observations and quick thinking actually prevented another armed robbery from taking place.
Trooper Montague Haight heard a young woman screaming on the northwest corner of Orlando’s Semoran Blvd and Hoffner Ave. He soon learned that she had been robbed at gunpoint. The victim and several witnesses identified the suspect and Trooper Haight began a foot pursuit. The suspect ran behind a local business on the northeast corner of the intersection and into a parking lot where several civilians assisted Trooper Haight. The firearm was recovered in a ditch. Trooper Haight placed the suspect under arrest for armed robbery and booked him into the Orange County Jail.
Trooper Michael Meaney stopped a vehicle that was reported stolen in an armed carjacking out of Clayton County, Georgia. The 17 year old driver was reported to be a missing child by the St. Cloud Police Department. She was charged with Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle and Driving without a License. She was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center. One of the passengers was charged with Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle. She is also a person of interest in the Car Jacking/Armed Robbery in Georgia. She was arrested and booked into the Orange County Jail. A knife was recovered in the vehicle, as well as an identification card and debit card, all belonging to the carjacking victim. Trooper Meaney was assisted by members of the Orlando Police Department.
Good Job Troopers!
Pictured above Trooper Montague Haight (left) and Trooper Michael Meaney (right).