Police Officer T-Bones Car In School Parking Lot, Gets Suspended – For One Day

Disturbing footage has been released of the moment a police officer in Centralia, Illinois slammed his police cruiser into the car of a 17-year-old female.

The clip was recorded on November 7, 2018 and shows an unnamed police officer T-boning the white sedan owned by a student from the Centralia High School. Centralia Police chief Brian Atchison revealed late last month that the officer had been suspended for one day due to the crash.

At the time, police were responding to a bomb threat at the Centralia High School, locking down the educational facility. In the video, the officer can be heard saying “there’s no sense in bringing anybody in or out.”

While patrolling the school’s parking lot, the officer noticed the white car enter the parking lot. Video shows the officer immediately stepping on the throttle to investigate, crossing over a strip of grass and accelerating between rows of parked cars before slamming into the side of the car.

Immediately after the impact, the officer can be heard saying “You okay, darling?” to the 17-year-old. Police later discovered that she broke her collarbone in the crash and that she was a student coming back to campus from her internship.

Centralia Police chief Brian Atchison said both cars were totaled and two parked cars were also damaged. The offending officer was suspended for a day for not being control of his vehicle, but Atchison insisted that he didn’t intentionally crash into the student, 5 On Your Side reports.

Police were called to the school after a report of there being six explosive devices planted there. The report was later discovered to be bogus.

 

  • Paul

    Probably playing with the electronics in the middle next to him and not looking at where he was going

    • Necmy

      this time it is not. just before officer said “we need make sure that who is that white car, look at this”. Unfortunately and frightfully it looks like there is deliberately intending crush into the car.

  • Mr. EP9

    Responding to a bomb threat you say? Well, I suppose I can understand the sense of urgency but a little extra caution could have gone a long way in avoiding this crash. At least no one was seriously hurt.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      Hmm, a broken collarbone can be pretty bad.

  • brn

    Armchair quarterbacks abound.

    • Jeri Carpenter

      read my actual comment. he is a terrible person and cop

      • ChrisInIL

        I tried reading your previous comment. I had to stop.

        You should focus on grammar and language courses instead of gossiping about cops in your town.

        • Perry F. Bruns

          I can’t speak for @jericarpenter:disqus , but I write for a living. You should focus on making a real point.

          • ChrisInIL

            How does your claim of being a professional writer have any relevance to your inability to see the points I made?

          • Perry F. Bruns

            I see your alleged points. Unfortunately, they’re not well-expressed, which is ironic considering that one of them in your scattered three-sentence screed is a criticism of another commenter’s writing.

            I dispute that criticism’s relevance to the actual story here. Yes, @jericarpenter:disqus’s grammar could use some work, but instead of effectively countering the point by calling for sources, you instead dismiss the entire comment as “gossip.”

            Instead of understanding that she may have some idea what a person is talking about and probing for more information, you immediately went into argument mode, and inserted a fallacy into your own wandering line of reasoning.

            You’re grammatically correct, but terrible at proving your points.

            Advice: You’re digging yourself in deeper here with every word. Accept the criticism, move on, and have a nice day.

          • ChrisInIL

            My points are concise. I can say in a few words what you require paragraphs to convey.

            You don’t see the irony in your response, do you?

          • Perry F. Bruns

            There isn’t any. Your writing is dense, which for the writer is appropriate. It takes some unpacking to reveal as the compressed gas that it is.

            Good effort, though. Do you really wish to keep digging?

          • ChrisInIL

            It was ridiculously easy provoking an ad hominem attack from you.

            Pity, as I had higher hopes for this exchange.

          • Perry F. Bruns

            Try again.

            Your original direction had nothing at all to do with me. You lost focus then, and you’re completely in the weeds now.

            Apparently ad hominem attacks are only okay when you do them. And you’re still mistaking “terse, vague, unsupported and unfocused” with “pithy.”

            You’ve lost again, and you’re going to keep losing until you cut your losses and give up.

            I am glad to see you looked up “ad hominem” at some point, though.

          • ChrisInIL

            Doubling down on an ad hominem attack doesn’t add any validity to your comments. Projection doesn’t either.

            I’ve never once lost focus, as the only reason I responded to you was to partake in a particular hobby I enjoy from time to time is what I call “trolling the troll”.

            It’s amusing to me to see the odd tactics people try to use to prove a point, and then point out thei obvious flaws in those tactics.

            Just an FYI, I’m not ‘losing’ anything, as I didn’t have anything to lose or gain in this encounter.

    • Perry F. Bruns

      The outcome and the cause are not in doubt here. Many of us are rightly questioning the punishment, which should have reflected the damage and injuries caused.

      Law enforcement officers are public officials and should be held to a higher standard.

  • TheBelltower

    Sucks all around. The officer was just being overly aggressive while looking for anything that could be considered suspicious during a bomb threat. The real crime here is the Pontiac Grand Am. No one should have to drive that. After she heals, I’ll bet the student will be able to replace it with something much nicer.

    • Perry F. Bruns

      And the officer should be on bicycle patrol.

  • Bash

    My god! The state PD should pay 100% of all the damages. Plus a serious apology note.

  • uS’gedlemba

    This could easily have been a pedestrian, cyclist or a motorcylist….and death may have been an outcome.

  • salamOOn

    his is really bad……really serious injury of innocent student as a result of a really bad decision should be compensated to her.
    also the prankster should be jailed because he started all of this.

  • Seats & a steering wheel

    Law enforcement officers- damned if they do, damned if they don’t.

    • Perry F. Bruns

      Well, no, in this case, it was “Slapped on the wrist when he did.” He hurt a civilian in a preventable collision. There should be real consequences.

  • Jeri Carpenter

    he is NOT a good cop. this is my town. the unnamed officer is william “billy” white. he had unnecessarily hurt many ppl. hes a know steriod user. unfortunately he will probably get away with this too. its gonna take him finally killing some1 b4 any1 actually pays attention but even then this town is so crooked he will probably get away with that too. ik the girl has a lawyer. i just hope her parents can afford a really good one.

    • Ruel Lewis

      Exposed lol.

  • Necmy

    you would’nt be suprise to see a car you saw and started to follow just ten second ago. It’s beyond dubious case.

    • Paul

      Get over it.

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