APD officer suspended for December crash

APD officer suspended for December crash

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An Austin police officer rolls his patrol car as he's trying to chase someone down for a ticket. He's in trouble for that...and it's all on video.

On December 10th, Officer VonTrey Clark goes after a driver who blew through a stop sign at Brooks Street and Koenig Lane near Highland Mall.

You can hear the engine rev as Clark tries to catch up to the runaway driver. He gets on U.S. 290 headed east.

A minute into the pursuit Officer Clark can be heard saying, "the car's doing a little over 100 miles per hour."

Officer Clark exits Berkman Drive and just as he reaches the feeder road, he loses control. The patrol car skids and rolls on its side.

You can hear the officer radio for help. Then, you can hear bystanders as they approach the car to check on him.

"I'm fine," Clark says. "I appreciate it so much."

The video ends when an ambulance and fire truck pull up in the background.

"He was okay, very fortunate," said Clark's supervisor, Commander John Romoser.

Commander John Romoser says the patrol car was totaled. For that, Officer Clark received a three day suspension.

In addition to a three day suspension, the officer and any officer involved in a crash can also be required to do additional driver training. That may include riding with another officer to observe how others drive so they can learn from experience.

Clark's suspension starts February 8th.

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