The mayor’s office in Toledo, Ohio, is under a great deal of scrutiny after the city leader’s chief of staff, Bob Reinbolt, was caught on tap using a black SUV’s emergency lights to run red lights. Reinbolt is also the Director of Safety for the city of Toledo.
Illegal use of Red Emergency Lights Occurred on August 4, 2014
In Ohio, it’s important to remember that emergency lights are usually only allowed to be used in Code 3 situations. However, in this video, the Mayor’s Chief of Staff is clearly using red emergency vehicle lights on the road and then ran a red traffic signal. After further research, it was clear that the city of Toledo had no Code 3 emergencies at the time the Chief of Staff was driving the vehicle.
Toledo Chief of Staff Caught on Tape by Toledo Police Officer
The video that caught the Chief of Staff using illegal red lights came from the dash of a Toledo Police Department vehicle. In Toledo, police officers will often activate their warning lights and pull into the street when they see an emergency vehicle with activated warning devices headed their way. After pulling into the road to aid what the officer thought was an emergency vehicle en route to a Code 3 emergency, the officer became suspicious of the vehicle.
Police Department Warned City Leaders that Acting Like a Police Officer causes Liability
While the police department recognizes that the Chief of Staff and other city leaders are often granted special police powers, the department is quick to point out that “acting like a police officer” on the road is not a special power that should be allowed. In fact, according to many city officials can actually create liability for the city by behaving in this type of behavior.
Police in Ohio Must Take/Pass Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy before Running Code 3 Lights
Toledo, Ohio police are required to pass a Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy before they are allowed to run Code 3 lights. Additionally, cops must also take and pass a defensive, emergency vehicle and pursuit operation classes. At the time of this blog, it is unclear whether city officials have to take these classes.
Chief of Staff Running Red Lights with Emergency Lights Activated did not Obey Ohio Revised Code
In addition to opening up the city to liability, Bob Reinbolt violated Ohio Revised Code when he ran red lights with warning devices activated. While police and other first responders are allowed to take part in such behaviors, Ohio revised code requires emergency vehicles to slow down and proceed cautiously through red lights or stop signs. In the Toledo Police Department dash cam, the black SUV driven by Bob Reinbolt never slowed down when driving through traffic lights.
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At 911 Signal USA, we understand that the use of emergency vehicle lights is incredibly important on the road. When used properly, these warning devices can save lives by shedding seconds, even minutes, off of response times. However, we recommend everyone familiarize themselves with your state’s statutes regarding the use of emergency vehicles lights and sirens. Finding your state’s local statutes is easy when you search online. To make this exceptionally easy, we created A State by State Guide to Emergency Vehicle Lights. If you have any questions, comments, or would like to discuss your unique situation in detail, please feel free to contact us by phone, email, or any of our social media accounts.
Keep Your Eyes Open and Activate your Warning Lights as Needed!
One common reason that first responders and others suggest as the reason they haven’t upgraded to LED emergency vehicle lights is because their old-fashioned lighting is still working and performs just fine. However, once we get down to the nitty gritty in terms of LED lights, most people change their mind and opt to go ahead and perform an LED emergency light upgrade.
Top 3 Reasons you Need an LED Warning Light Upgrade
- LED technology is coming down in terms of price. For this reason, many departments, volunteers, and agencies have opted to upgrade traditional Halogen lights to brand new LED lights.
- LEDs make it easier to see what is going on around you. No matter what you career is, police, security, volunteer firefighter, etc., it is incredibly important to be able to see what is going on around you. With LED lights, seeing is easier. The way light emitting diodes are created allow you to be seen easily. This means whether on the ground, in your vehicle, or around the corner, you will be more visible when you replace your halogen lights with brand new technology.
- Vehicle electrical problems are dramatically decreased when LEDs are used on automotive vehicles. In fact, problems such as dead batteries, alternators, load shedding, high idle, and other electrical problems can be decreased when you replace your energy-sucking halogens with brand new emergency lights that use light-emitting diodes.
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Saturday, August 9th, an ambulance theft kept police in Reading busy. A Pennsylvania man stole an ambulance and led police on a high speed chase. Kevin Charles Fountain, 46, stole a Reading City ambulance as it was sitting in front of Abraham Lincoln Hotel on N. Fifth Street at about 6am.
Police Activated Emergency Lights and Pursued Suspect
Ambulance Thief Ran Red Lights to Elude Police
In an attempt to elude police, the ambulance thief ran red lights and drove at a very high rate of speed. Eventually, Fountain parked the ambulance at a house in the 200 block of Boone Rd and exited the emergency vehicle. This location was approximately eight miles from where the chase began.
Suspect Arrested for Ambulance Theft
Once the ambulance came to a rest, the suspected ambulance stealer was immediately arrested and gave police a false name. Later, officers were able to identify the suspect as Fountain through fingerprints.
Ambulance Stealer Reportedly Just Wanted to go for a Ride
When questioned by police, Fountain allegedly told officers he simply wanted to “go for a spin.” As a result of his actions, Fountain is facing a charge of receiving stolen property, unauthorized use of a vehicle, fleeing/eluding police, and providing false identification to law enforcement. It is believed that the ambulance thief will also receive charges relating to driving without a license and running red lights.
Emergency Vehicle Lights are Imperative to Police during High Speed Chases
Thankfully, no one was injured during this high speed chase. During this type of incident, it is imperative that police have bright, properly working emergency vehicle lights. Police involved in the ambulance chase immediately activated their police lights and siren when the chase began. While the emergency lights did not help pull the thief over, it did help keep everyone else in the community aware of what was going on, which allowed police to do their jobs safely and effectively.
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According to a Philly new station, CBS Philly, a suspect broke into an Upper Merion home on July 22, 2014 at 8am. The homeowners, a man and woman, were home when the burglary took place. The suspect entered the home, found a rifle, and held the couple at gunpoint. The female victim was tied up while the male victim was taken from the home and driven to an ATM where the suspect wanted him to withdraw money.
Police Spotted Suspect Driving Homeowner’s Vehicle
When police were alerted to the situation, they were able to track the suspect, who was driving the homeowner’s vehicle, down. The suspect tried to flee from police and after a short chase attempted to get away on foot by jumping from the vehicle. Eventually, cops were able to corner the suspected thief in a neighbor’s yard a short distance away.
Neighbors are on Alert and Concerned
After the ordeal took place, neighbors were on high alert and reasonably concerned for their safety and the safety of their neighborhood.
Homeowners were not Harmed or Targeted
The entire situation in Upper Merion was unusual, but the homeowners were not hurt and police do not believe the couple was targeted. Instead, law enforcement believes the suspect rode public transportation to the Upper Merion neighborhood and then walked around until he found a home to rob. Details regarding the investigation lead authorities to believe that the suspect was surprised to find a man and woman in the home.
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According to The Delaware News Journal, a third suspect has been arrested in correlation with shots fired at an undercover officer. The arrest come after a July 7th shooting involving an undercover officer.
Three Suspects Arrested for Firing Shots at an Undercover Officer
Three individuals have been arrested for firing shots at an undercover officer. Arrested suspects include Troy Faison, 26, Sirair Bailey, 24, and Edward Jackson, 21. Faison and Bailey were arrested and charged with attempted murder right after the shooting and Jackson was arrested approximately a week later. Jackson’s charges include possession of heroin with intent to distribute, resisting arrest, conspiracy, possession of a firearm while committing a felony, and reckless endangerment.
Suspects were Pulled Over for Speeding Prior to the Shooting
Shortly before the suspects were involved in the shooting, an undercover police officer had tried to pull the men over for speeding. When the trio refused to stop, the officer pursued them and a high speed chased developed. At this time, one of the men began to fire at the officer from the moving vehicle. Shortly after, the vehicle the men were driving crashed and the occupants tried to flee on foot. Only Faison and Bailey were apprehended at this time.
Third Suspect Arrested During Illegal Drug Sale
On July 14th, police witnessed Edward Jackson participating in a drug deal. At the time, officers suspected Jackson was selling heroin and obtained a search warrant for his residence. During the search of Jackson’s home, officers found a handgun, $3,000 in cash, and 624 bags of heroin. Another man unrelated to the undercover officer shooting was also arrested for selling drugs.
Thankfully, officers were not injured during the shooting and no innocent bystanders were injured by the gunfire, the high speed chase, or the crash. However, the situation does draw attention to the fact that police put their lives on the line every single day and face many challenges that risk their safety. If you need police lights and sirens at the best prices on the Internet, you can find them in our online inventory. We offer everyday low prices and free shipping on all orders over $350. Explore 911 Signal USA today and get everything you need for less.Read More
On July 13, 2014, a San Diego man was shot and killed after threatening police and attacking a police dog with a machete. Before shooting the suspect, police attempted to subdue the suspect with stun guns to no avail.
Police Responded to a Call of an Erratic Man
Police were called to a City Heights apartment in San Diego in response to a call of a man behaving erratically. The suspect Ja Ma Lo Day, 21, was reportedly threatening his family with a knife. When police responded to the incident, the suspect refused to drop his weapon and eventually attacked a K-9 officer and swung the knife at responding officers before being shot and killed by police.
K9 Officer Attacked is Expected to Make a Full Recovery
Nando, an 8-year-old German Shepherd, received staples in his back to close the back wound and is expected to make a full recovery. Nando was already scheduled to retire at the end of July.
Suspect had History of Violence and Mental Illness
A local TV station, San Diego 6, reported that Ja Ma Lo Day was a Burmese refugee and had a history of mental illness and behaving violently. In 2013, the suspect was arrested for assaulting his brother with a knife.
Law Enforcement Situations can Escalate Quickly
Incidents like this are a reminder that any law enforcement situation can escalate quickly. When lives are on the line, it is absolutely necessary for police to have the equipment they need to get where they are going quickly and safety. One of the best ways for police to arrive on the scene quickly is to have bright LED light bars on their patrol cars. When drivers see activated lights and sirens, they know to move out of the way and allow officers to get to their intended destinations as quickly as possible.
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