published Saturday, June 19th, 2010

Newlyweds want answers for arrest

Aline Wright's honeymoon this week included a rush to the hospital and a trip to jail for her husband.

"They handcuffed him in front of my room," she said Friday, an hour after being released from Erlanger hospital.

Both Mrs. Wright and her husband, Eric Jesse Wright, 27, work at Erlanger. She is an emergency room nurse, he is a nurse technician who served as a medic in Iraq with the U.S. Army.

Mrs. Wright, 22, also is a cancer survivor whose left leg was amputated above the knee and who suffers from a heart condition as a result of previous chemotherapy.

On Wednesday night, she started showing symptoms of a possible stroke, she said. Her husband checked her physical reactions and decided she needed to be rushed to the hospital.

The couple, who were married June 13 at the Yellow Deli, lives near Missionary Ridge and knew they were a 10-minute drive from the hospital. With horn honking and headlights flashing, Mr. Wright rushed his wife to the hospital, running a couple of red lights along the way, his wife said.

"All the lights were green except the last two," she said.

After the car crossed through one of those lights, a Chattanooga police patrol car followed behind, its own lights flashing. The couple initially thought the officer was helping them get to the hospital, since they were so close, Mrs. Wright said.

Instead, when they pulled up to the emergency room entrance, Officer James Daves approached.

"The first words he said were, 'I'm going to arrest you,'" Mrs. Wright said, tearing up as she described the scene nearly two days later in a friend's Signal Mountain home.

Mr. Wright wasn't taken into custody on Wednesday, his wife said, and he tried to turn himself in to authorities on Thursday but was told by jail officers that his name wasn't in their computer database.

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    Staff photo by Tim Barber/Chattanooga Times Free Press - Aline Bacelar Wright, 22, talks about her husband, Jesse, being arrested by a Hamilton County deputy while enroute to Erlanger with stroke symptoms.

On Friday, Erlanger security officers took him out of her hospital room and delivered him to Chattanooga police, Mrs. Wright and family friends say.

Mr. Wright was booked into Hamilton County Jail on Friday morning on seven charges, according to court records, including assault on police, disorderly conduct, reckless endangerment, felony evading arrest, registration expired and two counts of traffic signals violation.

Family friends said late Friday that Mr. Wright was released from jail after paying a $7,500 bond.

The Hamilton County General Sessions Court website lists his trial date as July 9.

Lt. Kim Noorbergen, Chattanooga police spokeswoman, said there was a supervisory complaint filed against Officer Daves following the incident. The officer's supervisor, Sgt. Anthony Easter, reviewed the complaint and determined that "no policy violations, rules or procedures or laws were broken," she said.

Mr. Wright can request an internal affairs investigation on Officer Daves, officials said. Family friends confirmed late Friday afternoon that the couple plans to file that request Monday.

Time is of the essence in a potential stroke because brain tissue can suffer irrevocable damage with each passing minute, according to a signed letter from Erlanger Dr. Francis M. Fesmire. A copy of that letter, provided by Mrs. Wright, states that "therapies for acute stroke are most effective the earlier that treatment is initiated."

Dr. Fesmire wrote the letter asking for leniency in the charges filed against Mr. Wright.

On Wednesday, after she was placed in a room at Erlanger, hospital security came in and told Mr. Wright that Chattanooga police had issued arrest warrants for him, Mrs. Wright said. When he wasn't taken into custody Thursday after going to the jail, the couple thought their problem was solved.

But about 9 a.m. Friday, Erlanger police officers came to their room, asked Mr. Wright into the hall, handcuffed him and transported him out of the building to waiting Chattanooga police, she said.

Erlanger spokeswoman Jennifer Homa said whenever there are felony arrest warrants for an occupant of the hospital, Erlanger security will detain and transport that person to the custody of the outside police agency.

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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PastorWilliams said...

I continue to be appalled at the lack of respect and compassion our city police force exhibits. This story represents dozens of similar stories that go unmentioned in the news, and I literally felt sick to my stomach when I heard about it. The fact that any citizen can still be allowed to make an arrest suggests that the relationship is supposed to be symbiotic. Yet, it is becoming increasingly adversarial. Officers too often make ego-driven decisions, and it has led to accepted violations of personal rights for both the innocent and the guilty. I would hope this officer would have done no less for his own wife, but, of course, he would never have to worry about being arrested for such a thing, would he.

June 19, 2010 at 6:15 a.m.
WEBMAN said...

ABUSE OF POWER.WHO DO WE HAVE PROTECTING US,BARNEY FIFE.THIS COP WAS PROBABLY A FORMER STUDENT WHO WAS PICKED ON IN SCHOOL BY THE OTHER KIDS AND DECIDED TO BE A COP SO HE COULD RETURN THE "FAVOR".WHAT AN IDIOT.

June 19, 2010 at 7:10 a.m.

I was parked in my employer's parking lot downtown this week and when I left work, a city officer had parked his vehicle behind mine blocking me in. I tried to angle my vehicle out of the parking space and when I realized that I could not, I approached the police car to ask the officer to move so that I could leave. When I walked up to the vehicle he was talking on his cell phone with the window rolled up and just looked at me. I thought it must have been important so I waited for a couple of minutes. When he still did not roll down the window, I tapped on the window to get his attention again. He looked at me angrily, put down his phone, got out of the police car and asked me for my identification! After I explained why I was "bothering" him, he still acted like he was angry at me and hesitated before he got back in his vehicle and finally moved it. I WAS SHOCKED! Civil servants? To protect and to serve? No, it's like they are some paramilitary force and we are the enemy. Regarding the Wright's experience, I think I am most bothered by the fact that the charges were applied AFTER the cops knew what the scenario was. This cannot be attributed to a "heat of the moment" or "hot pursuit" knee-jerk reaction. This is indicitive of a larger culture problem inside the department. Oh, and if you get a chance, be on the lookout for city cops that "cruise" downtown during lunch looking at women. Unbelievable.

June 19, 2010 at 8:05 a.m.
rolando said...

Chattanooga has many fine officers who are understanding, compassionate, and caring. It also has some who are the opposite.

The number of the latter is directly related to how officers are treated in the daily press; the more negative the treatment for any perceived "offense", the fewer of the first group are recruited.

IOW, if you Monday morning quarterbacks out there continually treat our police badly, the good guys will stay home during recruiting drives and say, "Why bother applying? I don't need that crap after risking my life."

Guess what happens, then? The mediocre, the incompetents, and those with personal issues are then hired because they are all there is.

This has been happening for some years now.

You have painted the good guys with the bad guy's brush way too long.

You are now reaping what you have sown.

June 19, 2010 at 8:47 a.m.
Streets_McGee said...

Wow. Talk about a lack of discretion. Remember when you used to tell your children that the police were there to help you? Cops going on power hungry ego battles against the E.R. staff? Nice. Hopefully, he'll never get sick or injured. Mental note Officer Daves doesn't need treatment. He can heal himself with self righteous authority.

June 19, 2010 at 8:57 a.m.
HannaBeckman said...

You posters are nuts. Yes, discretion should have been used some what, but this jerk who drove like he was in a NASCAR event did break numerous laws,people,maybe this guy is the jerk!!!! I hope hegets fired from his job, more than likely he will, abd i hope the courts do not give him a break!!!

Do,nt do the crime if you ca'nt do the time!!!PERIOD

June 19, 2010 at 9:49 a.m.
Tiffo said...

HannaBeckman -- I sure hope you never have to rush a family member to the hospital for some kind of injury. I'm afraid they would die before you made it to the hospital, seeing as how you obey every single traffic law and do exactly the speed limit, even in emergency circumstances. You may be eating your words one day.

June 19, 2010 at 10:10 a.m.
BOOBOO99 said...

If my wife was deathly sick and i was rushing to hospital . I would not stop for anyone not even police. A life of a person is more important than some thug police officer thinks he is above the law. This Police officer should be fired. This shows how corrupt the chattanooga police dept is.This was an emergency and the police should have compassion and gave him a warning..But no, I bet this cop had his child or wife dying he would speed getting to the hospital...what goes around comes around for this thug that calls himself a police officer.

June 19, 2010 at 10:14 a.m.
Evangelist said...

To HannaBeckman:

With all due respect to you as a person, obviously, you did not take notice of the quiet demeanor of Mr. and Mrs. Wright. Mr. Wright, in fact, expressed concern for others who could be future patients at Erlanger and find themselves in a similar situation. Your comments showed a great deal of anger and a huge amount of disrespect. The Wright family showed neither. Isn't THAT interesting!

This article and the news report last night said, "the street lights were treated like stop signs," not, as you declared it, a "NASCAR event."

Clearly, you are speaking about people who are strangers to you. You tell the readers of your typed comments that you do you do NOT know Mr. or Mrs. Wright by the way you worded your post. In addition in your comment, you resorted to the brashness, which included name calling, when you said, "maybe this guy is a jerk", making an assumption about the character of a man you do not know. This displays points about your own heart and your own character.

While I have never met Mr. or Mrs. Wright, from the article and the news story last night, we find, Mr. Wright was willing to serve deployment in a war zone to protect our nation and our Constitutional rights, which include the freedom of the press. Ironically, those rights for which Jesse Wright served, has give you right to project publicly an uninformed opinion about a man who served our country and continues to serve patients at Erlanger.

June 19, 2010 at 10:42 a.m.
sailedaway said...

Everyone who reads this should file a complaint. You can email it to: CPDInternalAffairs@mail.Chattanooga.gov. This thug needs to be addressed as "former Police officer"...

June 19, 2010 at 11:09 a.m.
enufisenuf said...

It's no surprise that the cops find no wrong within their own ranks, thugs are like that.

Rolondo, are you a cop or a crybaby? THis thug acts like an idiot and you think we should pretend he doesn't exist for the sake of a few good cops? THe guy represents cops and they should have found fault with his actions instead of condoning it.

Respect is earned slowly, disrespect is earned quickly. The actions of this idiot, over zealous, compassionless idiot cop makes me wary of every cop. Birds of a feather....

If the shoe fits, wear it and accept the style that goes with it.

June 19, 2010 at 12:30 p.m.
BOOBOO99 said...

OFFICER DAVES GETS THE "KENNETH FREEMAN AWARD".. Lets all remember what DAVES did. He should be honored with all the low life police officers who has treated people like dirt. I hope Officer DAVES family is proud of him for excepting this award that he deserves.Also this aWard will be in the Hamilton County Hall of fame museum to honor him as one of the elite "scumbags" thats suppose to protects us.;)

June 19, 2010 at 12:32 p.m.
frettfull said...

Officer Daves should be separated from his badge and gun NOW, before he does something more insane, and he should be sent for evaluation first thing Monday. He may be more likely suited to be keeper of the evidence room or something. His supervisors who have covered for him and brought the egregious charges of assault and evading need to be replaced with public servants who are willing to serve the public's interest.

This incident is the latest in a serial saga of police bullying, that like other forms of addiction, won't be stopped by the addicted. The addicted will need increasingly heavier hits to feed their ego-power cravings.

Police leadership should be responsible for testing recruits and applicants so that the power-hungry are not hired. And when one slips through the net and into the line-up, that leadership needs the backbone to remove and redirect them to a more appropriate position.

Maybe "Let none live in fear" should be removed from our police cars. Replace it with "Shut up, or I'm taking you to Jail."

Unfair to the vast majority of professional, compassionate officers? Yes, but they are the ones most able to impose peer-disclipline on the bullies-in-blue among them. It's time for them to step up and over the blue line.

June 19, 2010 at 3:34 p.m.
Streets_McGee said...

"Unfair to the vast majority of professional, compassionate officers? Yes, but they are the ones most able to impose peer-disclipline on the bullies-in-blue among them. It's time for them to step up and over the blue line."

Agreed. You got respect when you were peace officers and used discretion. Now you're law enforcers touting the Nurenburg defense (I'm just doing my job/doing what I'm told.) The thin blue line is what keeps the bad apples in your bunch. As long as you allow them to remain in your midst and untouchable, you perpetuate the demise of any semblance left of honor in your job. I will agree there isn't much left to be had.

To Hanna Beckman... read your posts again. I love that your answer was "Do''nt like my answer, I will meet you anywhere/anytime. This German girl will show you hillbilly,redneck,lliterate PWT a thing or two." Its very illustrative of the mindset that is at issue here. Law enforcement is becoming a haven for insecure, fearful men and women looking for a government check and power. If you're young enough to garner a marketable skill, get out before it gets worse. The day of law enforcement being respectable has ended due to their own inability to separate the wheat from the chaff.

As for protection and "risking my life every day"... lets face it. Cops are here to protect the state now and are used more for revenue enhancement than protection of life and property. If red lights and traffic laws are sooo important to public safety, cop cars would not be immune to them.

I would love police to return to their former state of grace. Unfortunately, it isn't likely to happen. The history of the unionized government employees doesn't trend toward excellence.

June 19, 2010 at 4:46 p.m.
trailmix7159 said...

Ok, I would like to answer some of the questions about the character of Eric Wright. I have known Eric for some years now and have served with him in Iraq (it was his second tour at that time). First I would point out that the patient just happened to be his newlywed wife. He would have done the exact samething for anyone else, including Officer Daves and HannaBeckman. And he would still do that after today. Because it would be the right thing to do and that is the kind of person he is.

Now, lets get to his training. He became a medic in the military. This training is sixteen weeks long. For the first eight weeks, the medics learn civilian EMS and are Nationally Registered. The medics have to be registered before they can continue for another eight weeks on what the military wants them to know. Both parts of the training there are priorities in patient care. 1)Take care of yourself first - if you get hurt, then there is no one to issue care 2)Take care of the uninjured and keep them safe - don't make more patients 3)After the first two priorities are taken care of, treat the patient with the best care possible.

It is apparent that Eric did these things.

As far as driving in traffic, emergency traffic has to drive with due regard. Meaning that emergency traffic must have warning lights and sound and make sure all intersections are clear before going through them. Eric had to improvise with a non-standard evacuation vehicle, but still did everything he was suppose to do by using flashers and horn, and clearing intersections. With stroke victims less time = more brain saved. Two minutes could mean the difference between talking/walking and a vegetable in bed. He did what he was trained to do.

It is my professional, paramedic, opinion that Eric did everything right. Having known Eric on both a personal and professional level, I rank him as being one of the best medics I have had the honor serving with.

The CPD should rectify this situation by dropping all charges. ...well maybe the registration one should stick.

June 19, 2010 at 8:14 p.m.
rolando said...

enufisenuf, you don't know a whole lot on this subject, do you? You jump to conclusions, reach decisions and make comments based on false presumptions, etc.

Nowhere have I said any officer acting incorrectly should be ignored...to the contrary, they should be disciplined...internally, within their organization and NOT on the public pillory.

All public ridicule, sarcasm, and vitriolic speech does is reflect negatively on ALL policemen, ending up with total disrespect for any of them -- as you do. Do you do the same for firemen?

I was never a policeman, although I was happy many, many times -- and thankful -- to have them walking before me, performing their sometimes dangerous duties. I am a retired federal agent...as you would know had you posted here for a while.

June 19, 2010 at 9:29 p.m.
CalmpleXed said...

I created an online account for this site because I read this story. I live over 2500 miles away. This story has gone viral today... Officer Daves will not have his power to trip on much longer, nor the incompetent senior officers who backed him.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/DN-powell_02met.ART.State.Edition2.4a9b119.html

Officer Daves now has "national notoriety" as well as the department he works for...

/Former L.E.O.

June 19, 2010 at 10:17 p.m.
rolando said...

And so it goes; the public pillory gets ever larger...

June 19, 2010 at 10:33 p.m.
PastorWilliams said...

Twenty years ago, my wife was speeding home to bring some medication to me from the pharmacy. She was worried about me, suffering from a bad case of pneumonia. A Chattanooga police officer pulled her over and asked, first, why she was speeding. She told the officer, who told her to be careful, and let her move on with the warning. About the same time I had a similar situation occur. Point is, law enforcement is not supposed to be only about proving someone broke the law. It's far, far more than that. And most courts appear to support this idea. And as a public servant paid with public monies, it's certainly a difficult job with a greater level of accountability. But it must be.

June 19, 2010 at 11:51 p.m.
enufisenuf said...

Rolando, it amazes me when people like you hold themnselves in such high esteem they can't see anything but their own narrow minded opinion. Try opening your eyes instead of your mouth.

June 20, 2010 at 12:10 a.m.
rling said...

The officer in question was suspended without pay for five days in 2008. This may not be his first stupid act while on duty, but it should be his last!

Two men, each trained for high-stress, high-priority work. One reacted calmly and got arrested. The other acted like a hot-headed idiot, and got paid for doing so. What amazes me most is that the Chattanooga PD had TWO DAYS to think about the circumstances and STILL had Mr. Wright handcuffed and arrested. "No comment," is the official word. I have lost all respect for the entire department.

June 20, 2010 at 12:37 a.m.
rolando said...

enufisenuf; the same could be said of you, sir or madam. This is a forum of opinions, after all. You have yours, I have mine.

June 20, 2010 at 6:19 a.m.
autotraveler said...

Instances like this, which happens everywhere, are among the reasons why respect for law enforcement is at an all-time low. Eric and Aline Wright are owed an immediate explanation -- and most likely an apology for having made the arrest two days later -- from the Chattanooga PD and the officer in question should be suspended pending a due process hearing. Certainly a civil suit is in the cards here and both the department and the officer should be held accountable.

While I am in favor of the Arizona immigration law, situations like this give me pause when I realize that there are unprofessional officers like James Daves are everywhere and saddle all law enforcement professionals with a bad reputation.

June 20, 2010 at 6:19 p.m.
COH said...

I'm in California. You want Viral? It's hit Facebook (and spreading like wildfire) and AOL news. Wanna bet you see it on one of the morning NATIONAL News programs?

This guy should be fired. Filing an arrest report DAYS after the incident clearly shows pettiness in the least, and MALICE at most.

It's cops like Officer Daves that give ALL cops a bad name. And a reason why many people are becoming MORE fearful of calling the police. EGO has no place in law enforcement. And this officer's ego is out of control. What was he suspended for, I wonder? (Without pay indicates something egregious.) And that the department stands by his behavior speaks VOLUMES about the Chattanooga police department.

Thank cop should thank his lucky stars Mrs. Wright did not die, we'd be talking wrongful death.

June 20, 2010 at 6:23 p.m.
COH said...

Oh - and I wish Mrs. Wright a full recovery. It sounds like she has had more than her share of bad breaks in her life. Cancer survivor and heart patient. Stress is NOT what she needs to get well.

Her husband is a paramedic (who has been placed on suspension) and she is a nurse. THEY are heroes. And Chattanooga is without a Paramedic.

June 20, 2010 at 6:28 p.m.
papachuck said...

I hope that the sorry keystone cop never finds himself in Eric Jesse Wright's shoes!

June 20, 2010 at 6:32 p.m.
KTerceira said...

I am very saddened by this officer's behavior and well as the actions of the entire police force. Thankfully, someone in Tenn. will step forward and assist this couple. I have no doubt lawyers will come forward and insist on working pro bono on this ... Our system of a jury trial was set up for just this reason, to keep a fair balance between the people and tyrants. There are laws of the people and laws of common sense and survival. I hope cooler heads will prevail and until they do I'll save my tourist dollars for another city.

June 20, 2010 at 6:33 p.m.
4dognite said...

I also created an account just to comment on this situation. I fully realize that a police officer needs to do his job and that this newleywed had broken some laws . That being said, common sense, common deciency, and basic good manners should apply to this officer if he wants to be treated with them. After the adrenaline of the car chase wore off it must have been obvious that the patient was in critical condition. This is where professionalism and a trace of compassion on the part of the officer would have prevented what is now very bad national press for not only the Chattanooga PD but for police everywhere.

June 20, 2010 at 6:43 p.m.
pmtirado said...

I am in New Mexico and that officer should be suspended...what a jerk. He could see that this was a medical emergency and instead of assisting the couple he gets in the way. There should be a public outcry against this police dept. Let that idiot police officer have their own child involved in an accident and you bet the hospital and community would assist him. You have only 1 life. The media needs to follow this story. Also the officer should have his face posted on the billboards so we all can look for him.

June 20, 2010 at 6:46 p.m.
Mr_Glock said...

I look forward to reading about the staggeringly large award the jury decides on when this eargerly anticipated lawsuit is settled. I also look forward to hearing former Officer James Daves saying "Welcome to WalMart" in his new position! 90% of police officers out there are good ones. It only take one power hungry Gestapo-like idiot to tarnish the rest.

June 20, 2010 at 6:53 p.m.
ezclutch said...

as a former police officer,,it is my opinion that Off. Daves showed an utter lack of judgement, in this situation,, his actions make himself and he made his fellow officers look like fools,,you should be dismissed for this action,,the charges again Mr. Wright should be dismissed immediately,,,Mr. Wright is carrying his wife into the emergency room,,,she's very ill as anyone could see,,it doesn't take half a brain to see what the situation was,,as a police officer you should have known that,,then you wonder why the public has a negative look on police officers,,your a class example,,,total lack of sensitivity

June 20, 2010 at 7 p.m.
Carlene said...

What follows is what I wrote to Internal Invstigators at the Chattanooga Police Departement:

Dear Sir or Madam,

WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE IN THE OFFICER'S SHOES OR IN THE MAN'S SHOES????

Felony charges? Really? No warnings or verbal admonishments after the officer knew what was happening? Even after you know the circumstances? He says he stopped, looked and then proceeded through the red lights. He was carrying his wife into the hospital. (He can carry her and inflict a fingernail scratch?) Poor baby got a fingernail scratch while the man's wife may be DYING. She was showing signs and symptoms of a stroke. She only has one leg. Did the officer expect her to hop into the hospital (while possibly having a stroke) while the husband calmly answered questions? What about the officer's remote mike for the video feed? Did he have it on and can you hear how he is talking to the man or what the man is trying to say to him? If it were ANY of your officers' family members, would they have stopped at all lights, done the exact speed posted and behaved as is everything were rosy in his/her world or would they too panic and rush their ailing kin to the hospital? What about you? Would YOU have given him charges, including FELONY charges, or would you show just a bit of humanity and compassion? Really. Seems like police would have learned after this very thing happened in another city not so long ago and it was all over the news.

June 20, 2010 at 7:03 p.m.
jcmp41 said...

I taught CPR and First Aid for 5 years at a Highway Patrol Academy. They had a saying they used when a new recruit turned out to be a "hot dog." They said he was wearing a "badge that was too big." Sounds like this is the case w/Officer Daves. If this guy kept running, that would be one thing. However, wouldn't his running into a hospital be worth questioning??????

June 20, 2010 at 7:04 p.m.
MidnightPoet said...

"ezclutch," thank you for your comment. I'm glad a former police officer has commented on this. I served in the U.S. Army back in the Cold War(1980's), and my son is now a Marine serving in Afghanistan. My uncle(my mom's brother) is a retired, Kentucky State Police officer, and my ex-brother-in-law served 25 years in the FBI. Bottom line, this officer needs to be stripped of his badge, publicly humiliated, and forced to serve a long-period of "true community service," like delivering meals to the elderly(meals-on-wheels), then kicked out of the city for "LIFE!"

My blood-pressure soared when I read this article!

~ MidnightPoet

June 20, 2010 at 7:09 p.m.
mommabunny said...

I am an ER nurse. My husband has been with LAPD for 24 years. The story I have just read about the newlyweds and the arrest of the husband is beyond belief!

I have been in situations in the ER where these things have occured and when there is a medical emergency, the police understand. They offer leniency and warnings.

Why your department and your officer Daves in particular want to pursue this simply shows a lack of ethics and humanity on your police department's behalf.

My husband works as a supervisor and would have really, thoroughly, questioned the officer who was filing the complaints against this husband. From what I have read, the charges sound trumped up and basically stupid given the circumstances - they make the officer sound like a fool!

Especially since the wife was admitted to the hospital and a stroke is a life-threatening situation!!! Consider the lawsuit your officer could have created by preventing or slowing down the medical care the wife received. You should be grateful the husband was strong and determined enough to push his way past the officer and get his wife help - my husband would have done the same.

I am resigned in my thinking that there are some cops who just SHOULDN'T be cops!!!! This officer sounds like an idiot...

I completely understand that this husband broke traffic laws (cautiously!) and the officer had no idea what was happening - but when the husband pulls up at an ER entrance and tries to carry his wife in - that's when reality should hit that officer smack on the head. He should have held the door open and assisted the husband instead of getting in the way.

This officer should have also been big enough (ie: mature enough) to overcome his own personal issues with this situation and provide a warning or traffic citations instead of pressing for a felony arrest.

I would like to read a follow-up to this story where the police department has issued a warning to this husband, based on extenuating and emergency circumstances, and has dropped the charges against him. To do anything less makes the officer and the department he represents look very foolish.

June 20, 2010 at 7:25 p.m.
castaiccitizen said...

I too read the story and viewed the news feed and am appalled at the conduct of this police officer and the department in general. I believe that this is a case of an ego driven/I am the law police officer that will not admit that maybe he might have approached this differently. I think they should have discussed this with their attorney general before filing an arrest warrant. Not being a police officer I am not sure how they can charge him with evading arrest when he was not arrested and even went to the department to turn himself in - doesn't sound like much of an evasion to me. The assault charge should actually be placed against the officer for impeding the actions of an emergency medical professional for doing his duty (would officer Daves had filed this charge if it were his wife/child/parent/fellow officer that was being carried into the hospital or would he have even gotten in the way.) In my experience with law enforcement I venture to say that 95% are good and compassionate officers that do an excellent job. It is unfortunate that the other 5% are what we read about. Most police departments have provisions for their officers to treat red lights as a stop sign during emergencies that do not require red lights and sirens and in fact they know that red lights and sirens can cause accidents. Even as private citizens we have some of the same rights as police officers. I hope the Chattanooga Police department does not allow this to be swept under the rug and let this officer continue without serious review of his actions and what they have brought to the entire department. I can only imagine what the civil suit will bring to the Wrights. I have seen where the Maricopa County Sheriff, Sheriff Joe has cost the county 10's of millions of dollars and more coming with his Gestapo, I am above the law attitude.

June 20, 2010 at 7:40 p.m.
KTerceira said...

We have found Mr. Wright on Facebook and sent a friend request. My family and I would like to assist him with a small donation to his legal expenses. Our way of saying thanks to Eric for his service, to his God, Country, and FAMILY...Chattanooga needs one less Police officer, not one less heroic paramedic.

June 20, 2010 at 7:42 p.m.
MidnightPoet said...

If this officer is not kicked off of the police force, and this good couple not adequately reimbursed financially to the point of having no financial worries, then I will make a conscious point to never visiting Chattanooga, Tennessee again in my life, because your city, and especially your "piece of swine excrement" police department, will be on my "Black List" of cities never to visit, "FOREVER!"

So, City of Chattanooga, I will expect you to do something about this, and soon! I am a Kentuckian, and I love Tennessee, but I guarantee you, that there are certain communities here in Kentucky that if that officer would have treated a couple in that awful manner "Here"(Kentucky), then they would have found that officer hanging from the tallest tree in the county!

This kind of crap won't fly in Kentucky!

~ MidnightPoet

June 20, 2010 at 7:46 p.m.
baddbass said...

I know what this gentleman is going through. My wife did the same thing and it is very scary to see it happen. I don't know the all story here but if he had a cell phone he should of phoned the police department to let them know what is going on. Sayng that you are not thinking straight just wanting to get your love one to the hospital. My wife passed away from cancer in May. My prayers are with the gentleman and his wife.

June 20, 2010 at 7:47 p.m.

How do these police department find people like this to put uniforms on. Evading arrest by rushing someone into an ER room!!!! This guy is a class A moron and so is his supervisor who let this get this far. SO, sue the department, the officer, his supervisor, and get yourself a competent lawyer to do it. If you cannot win this one, then leave the country!

June 20, 2010 at 7:51 p.m.
uawlarb said...

An officer who follows someone to the hospital, assaults the driver as he/she carries an obviously injured person into an emergency room and then lies about it should be fired. He/she should be fined if the statement is proven to hinder the patient's care, and put in jail if it is proven he/she caused any harm to the patient. The running of red lights can be addressed later in court. Some cops need to be brought down from their perceived precipice.

June 20, 2010 at 7:51 p.m.
mommabunny said...

I would also like to point out that it was not just this officer alone who is responsible for the felony charges. The officer's supervisors are also to blame for not thoroughly looking into this officer's claims and viewing the situation in a realistic and humanitarian way prior to pursuing the felony arrest.

Police officers are there to serve the public, not get their own way. In this case, the officer and his supervisors - who represent the department as a whole - failed to serve the public. By arresting the husband on FELONY charges, they have actually attacked the public AND gotten their own way.

One interesting side note: If this officer was so concerned about the husband's behavior or lack thereof, why did he not pull his gun and have the husband at gunpoint? This officer showed little concern for his own safety if he approached the husband and was given a fingernail scratch that he could not defend himself against. Obviously the officer was too unsure of himself to attempt to fully control the husband and handcuff him (the husband was able to lift and carry his wife into the ER), yet at the same time the officer was incapable of realizing the extent of the emergency situation that presented itself right before his eyes. And this officer is trusted to make split second decisions with a loaded weapon???

June 20, 2010 at 7:52 p.m.
KTerceira said...

BaddBass, if he had a cell and called the police then he would be facing another charge as well the way it looks..

Chattanooga it seems is Native American it seems for "Barney Fife employed here"

June 20, 2010 at 7:52 p.m.
stryke908 said...

If that were me I know my husband would react the same way Eric Wright did. The officer should have realized what was happening and had some empathy

June 20, 2010 at 7:58 p.m.
KTerceira said...

Ron Littlefield is the Mayor in Chattanooga and you can contact him at Telephone (423) 425-7800

or email at mayor@mail.chatanooga.gov

Perhaps a little public display of support for Eric Wright is in order here.

June 20, 2010 at 8 p.m.
JPASR said...

If justice were truly just, the officer would be charged with attempted manslaughter. Hopefully a grand jury will be given a chance to indict him.

June 20, 2010 at 8:06 p.m.
quella said...

It appears that the officer has some serious issues with how he may perceive his authority. A psych exam, counseling, and some time off from work without pay may get his attention. He owes the couple an apology for totally misreading the situation. IMO, the officer is a liability for his department and perhaps a very expensive one. To the department - if officers, bailiffs, magistrates, guards have not receive appropriate training about how to recognize a stroke victim, better get the lead out; otherwise, they will not sound competent upon cross examination. Everyone deserves to feel safe and understood in their communities by those who serve them. If you are an LEO and feel negative about that statement then it is time for you to find work elsewhere. You may not be fit to serve.

June 20, 2010 at 8:09 p.m.
MidnightPoet said...

"quella," amen, and thank you! "You may not be fit to serve" is right! Police are to "serve us," serve, serve, serve, which means "We The People" are the boss, and not the other way around, but for some reason, "some" of these d*ckheads are tyrants, and as my grandmother used to say, "need to be taken down a notch or two."

Police Officers, "YOU are to SERVE us!" So, "Serve Us," and stop the "Bull Sh*t!" Or, "We The People" have the power to put you in your place!

~ MidnightPoet

June 20, 2010 at 8:17 p.m.
janeyre said...

I am speechless... I am not coming to that city...

June 20, 2010 at 8:24 p.m.
MidnightPoet said...

I have made strong comments here, and rightfully so!!! This is an "Outrage!" I believe in law enforcement, and I am not anti-government, and I am a "True Patriot!" A "Patriot" is a person who protects the people against it's "government," if that government becomes "abusive" against "We The People!" Our tax dollars supports the law officers, and the government, therefore, "We The People" are the one's who "rule," and "not" the government! The police and the government are paid to "SERVE" us, and not pick on us!

Remember, there is a clause in "The Constitution" which allows for "We The People" to rise up against the government if it becomes "too big for its britches!" So, City of Chattanooga, I beg you to "do something about this!" Or, you will be on our "Black-List," forever!

~ MidnightPoet

June 20, 2010 at 8:47 p.m.
rolando said...

Good Lord we have us another multi-posting, possibly certifiable nutcase.

MidnightProwler...er-r-r...POET, we sure hope you are just a drive-by and not a regular contributer here...we have quite enough of your type.

We also hope you DO put Chattanooga -- or better yet, Tennessee -- on your list of places to avoid...we will certainly be better off if you do.

Thanks for the fine example of what a Kentuckian is...I often wondered since my one relative in Indiana has spoken frequently of you folk; although she wasn't too flattering about it.

June 20, 2010 at 9:01 p.m.
norgefox said...

City police officers used to "project" at a business I owned in Ohio. In other words, city police officers provided security for my business, and they wore their police uniforms while doing so. During that period, I became very close to the officers, we had many conversations, and I overheard many conversations they had with each other.

While most police officers wanted to be as helpful as possible to the public, I can remember a few officers who loved to be bullies and who seemed to enjoy intimidating the public.

I remember one officer laughing about how he pulled over a sixty-five-ish senior citizen for making a right turn on a red light where a sign was posted "No Right Turn on Red." The traffic was thin and, as it turned out, the lady had taken a medication that suddenly caused her to have diarrhea. That was why she made the turn - so she could pull into the gas station on the corner and quickly use the restroom.

The officer told me that the lady kindly stated that she would gladly accept the ticket and pay it, but asked the officer if she could please run into the gas station rest room first.

Well, the police officer thought it was the funniest thing in the world that he not only made the senior citizen sit there and crap her pants, but that he made her sit there in it for over twenty minutes while he took his time writing the ticket. Think of this folks, that woman could have been any of your mothers or grandmothers.

Again, while most officers will go out of their ways to be helpful, there are more than a fair share of police officers who are block-headed creeps and bullies who should not be on the street. It seems that Chattanooga's officer James Daves fits into this latter categorie.

June 20, 2010 at 9:10 p.m.
johnlaw said...

No common sense ego cops like this guy give the many good ones a bad name. They need to weed out idiots like this before he causes more trouble for the force.

June 20, 2010 at 9:12 p.m.

Whoa, everyone wants to blame the cop for essentially trying to do his job. Yes, he blew things out of proportion with that felony, assault on a cop business and not at least asking what was going on before threatening to throw on the cuffs. That's just insensitive and being a jerk. However, I fully support his choice to charge the guy with multiple traffic violations and reckless behavior. As medical professionals they SHOULD know that you have a 3 hour window for a stroke that is caused by a clot to be treated effectively with TPA (AKA Clot Busters). Now, if it's actually bleeding in the brain, there is no telling how much one minute or ten minutes will effect. Depends on the size and where it's at. His response to his wife's symptoms should have been to grab a phone and dial 911. Stroke patients need paramedics with equipment not a flustered spouse who thinks he can act rationally. These patients need IVs, vitals taken, a coherent and complete medical report given to hospital staff and more importantly they need to go to the correct hospitals. In most areas, there may only be one or two hospitals capable of handling a stroke in every capacity. If he had taken her to the wrong one, it could have been hours longer before she recieved treatment because they would have had to wait for a transfer to another hospital. Also, ambulance personnel have all of the training and equipment to get to a hospital quickly. Your lights flashing and horn honking do nothing more than confuse traffic since they're not trained to understand that as any more than weird behavior. He could have killed someone simply because they misread his behavior and he slammed into them or flipped his car trying to avoid them. He had absolutely no right to put the public or even his wife in that kind of danger. Call an ambulance buddy. You may be medically trained but with no equipment, no drugs, and no protocols you're a text book sitting on a shelf. Oh, and PS, you're expecting the cop to understand your random behavior and interpret it into "oh this guy is going to the hospital." He's not a mind reader, what he knew was that you posed a huge physical threat to the public he is sworn to protect. If they had slammed into a bus full of kids and hurt any of them, everyone on this board would have been screaming about the cops not stopping him. Show some common sense people, your local 911 is there to handle things that you shouldn't be handling. Cut the poor cop some slack and, of course, scale back the guys charges to traffic violations and reckless endangerment.

June 20, 2010 at 9:34 p.m.
MidnightPoet said...

Good night, Chattanooga! I will be praying that your good city will do "The Right Thing" by this good couple. Because, they were treated so unfairly!

~ MidnightPoet

June 20, 2010 at 9:36 p.m.
MidnightPoet said...

"ThtAmbulanceChick," when you have a "loved one" possibly dying, then you don't think about all the "crap" you just mentioned(I wouldn't), because I would be getting them there as fast as possible. So, in emergencies, tuck your "text-book" away, because to the common person in an emergency, your little text-book scenario's "don't apply!"

Good Night!

~ MidnightPoet

June 20, 2010 at 9:47 p.m.
rolando said...

We certainly don't need nor want YOUR "prayers", MidniteP...God only knows what they might contain. Come to think of it maybe He doesn't even know...not if they are not addressed to Him.

Are you one of those militia-type guys like the ones recently arrested for stupidly trying to "take over" a town? They were even smart enough [just] to recruit an FBI agent into their midst. LOL

You guys give even the 2nd Amendment supporters a bad name. We would all be better off if you went to Canada or Idaho or something so they can keep track of you. Leave the heavy stuff to the professionals, huh? Or at least to the guys who know what they are doing.

June 20, 2010 at 10:04 p.m.
MidnightPoet said...

Blah, blah, blah! Mr. PIG! Stay out of the doughnut shops and cheesebuger joints, it'll do ya good!

~ H

June 20, 2010 at 10:12 p.m.
MidnightPoet said...

"Cheeseburger" LOL!!!

June 20, 2010 at 10:14 p.m.
castaiccitizen said...

Ambulance Chick, you might be right with a couple of your comments but as you stated you don't know if it is a brain bleed or a clot. The time it would take an ambulance/paramedics to get there was probably longer than the time it took him to get to the hospital, which he and she worked at and knew the capabilities of the facility. I agree that the average person should probably wait unless they know their local hospital facility can handle it (we have a major trauma unit here that can handle everything up to organ transplants which are not emergencies anyway). You can believe if it were a policeman or this particular officers family member having the same symptoms he would not have waited for an ambulance - so what makes his judgement any better - because he has a badge and a gun. Actually, the fact that this man carries a gun scares me and his supervisors allow him to carry it and drive a car with lights and to have as little common sense as he displayed here is frightening. This man had battle emt experience which I would think qualifies him to make a judgement call regarding his wife's condition. This man is a real hero, not the bully cop who because he has a badge and a gun thinks he is the ultimate answer. Discretion was not used on the part of the police department - as stated somewhere in a previous post the expired tag ticket was probably the only legitimate complaint.

June 20, 2010 at 10:19 p.m.

MidnightPoet, you just proved my point. Your loved ones will not and, by my experience, often do not make rational decisions (except, of course, to call 911) when they are watching a medical crisis go down. That's why we train people from the time they can use a phone "dial 911 in emergencies." We are trained to keep our cool and handle whatever issue is going on. Oh gee, that's why survival rates for car accidents, full arrests, heart attacks, strokes, etc have gone up since the birth of paramedicine. And you didn't bother to read and understand my comment about text books. My comment was meant to mean that he had all of the knowledge (like our books, which yes, they pretty much apply in near every situation... how do you think your doctors know what to do) but nothing he could use to apply it. Bottom line, he needed to call an ambulance instead of taking it into his own hands. This holds true for anyone who truly fears that they need medical attention now! Call 911. Even if we get there and it turns out to not be life threatening, I'd rather you call me and let me take care of you than pronounce you dead on scene of a wreck you caused out of panic.

June 20, 2010 at 10:24 p.m.
castaiccitizen said...

BTW, AmbulanceChick, do you really think you would have waited in the same situation, if you knew you could get there in less time than waiting for an ambulance? How would you react if a police officer impeded your ability to perform a life saving act because he had a badge and a gun, say your child, as you were carrying the child into the emergency room?

June 20, 2010 at 10:31 p.m.
rolando said...

You seem to know a lot about buggers, donuts, and their health concerns, MidniteP. You one of those guys so fat you haven't seen your willy in 15 years? We see so many of them up your neck of the woods.

June 20, 2010 at 10:39 p.m.
KTerceira said...

I keep coming back here and I keep seeing these "What if's " people post ..like what if the guy had killed someone in an accident on the way or what if this or what if that... How about what if this idiot of a cop had caused the death of this women over a couple of traffic violations, what if this wrongful action by the police in this incident causes a kid not to trust the cops and kill a bully rather than call police, what if this officer is a loose cannon and rather than get help shots the next person driving a loved one to the hospital.

What if's are crap....Like they used to say on "Dragnet" Just the facts Sir Just the facts...

Fact is , it was an emergency, the driver took due care to proceed through red lights, was in fact trained to do so, did take an emergency to the hospital, did explain himself when time allowed offered to pay the tickets.....Fact is this officer made a bad call and now its CYA time for the police department...

Sign me up for jury duty, I'll bring a medal for Eric Jesse Wright....

If the police department thinks they can get a conviction know I got a bridge in Brooklyn for sale Mayor Littlefield

June 20, 2010 at 10:40 p.m.
rolando said...

BTW MidniteP, you personally have brought this thread down to new lows unseen on the forum. Congrats.

Time I stopped feeding the troll.

June 20, 2010 at 10:41 p.m.

Castaiccitizen, not to offend you, but 90% of ER staff have no idea what their hospitals are categorized as capable of handling by their respective medical control boards. We'd like to think they know, but trust me, been doing this a while and in several different places and I usually end up explaining to nurses and doctors what they are exactly classified as. And if she had had a bleed, those patients stand a high risk of needing intubation (as in a tube down their trachea because they cease breathing and I have to take over their airway) which means she likely would have died of suffocation while her husband attempted to make it to the hospital in time. And, just some food for thought (I'm not 100% sure how the EMS system there works), most systems - if they have private ambulance - have a dual response which means you get a fire paramedic and a private ambulance paramedic responding at the same time to ensure someone is there quickly to get the ball rolling on care. Your local fire station usually only covers a few miles around it which means they should be there in a few minutes (about the time it probably took him to put her in the car) and a private ambulance is usually under contract to make it to calls in a certain amount of time (usually only a few minutes). Short of literally being around the corner to a hospital, you have no reason to ever not call 911. You risk yourselves, the public, and the very person you're trying to care for. Yes, the cop was over zealous, but I promise you, he would have called 911. They know better just from running with us.

June 20, 2010 at 10:43 p.m.

Ok, just going to address everyone now. I did have to make the same choice he made and for a child. I called the ambulance and I am sure glad I did. It took them minutes to get there and they stabalized him and transported and SAVED HIS LIFE with me in tow. I was responsible enough to understand that, emotionally, I had no right driving (you drive about as well drunk as you do upset). You are all very easily considering the life of one over the safety of others (and no he didn't take due care - private citizens have no legal right to do what he did and thus did not take due care..ps he wasn't EVOC trained... military medics don't need it). When you pronounce a mother dead on scene and have to explain to her child what happened and that the man that hit him was too busy trying to get his mom who just had a migriane and thought it was a stroke to the hospital to take notice of others on the road, you can start in on "he had every right." It happened last week. I've never had a harder task than explaining that to a kid... and yes, the guy was charged with homicide. So, in conclusion, yes the cop went over board and was insensitive but I understand that he was trying to do his job. If this guy had let the paramedics do theirs, he wouldn't be in this situation.

June 20, 2010 at 10:53 p.m.
KTerceira said...

Ambulance Chick you obviously live in a tiny little town where everything is quite nice or a very good area. I won't bother to post the great many examples of neither an ambulance or the police ever showing up on a call. Or showing up way to late to do any good but collect the body. How about the guy who died last winter while he and his wife waited for an ambulance for 2 days...Or how about the paramedics that showed up at the scene of a fire in my hometown last month and had no oxygen to give people an and old lady nearly died... How about calling 911 and get cussed at by the dispatcher and told that she was coming to kill you.. I'll trust myself and some common sense long before I trust the government and the people that work for it...IF you know so much how about posting the average response time for an ambulance in the major cities of America...One not calculated by EMT's but ones done independantly.. then add time to eval, triage, place on gurney, load into ambulance, etc. ..I'd be driving to...

June 20, 2010 at 11:02 p.m.
Dodger426 said...

Another Barney Fife! How did Mr. Wright evade arrest? Run to his wife's ER room and hide under the Gurney while Office Dave tried to get his bullet out of his pocket.

June 20, 2010 at 11:06 p.m.
KTerceira said...

More what if's....

What if the cop had just tipped his hat , said thank god your wife didn't die but I'm going to have to give you this ticket...plead not guilty and I won't show up in court and you are off..Have a great day Mr. Wright....

THen I'd have seen the Red Sox game...

June 20, 2010 at 11:07 p.m.

Actually, I've worked in two of the largest systems in the country...ie cities most can't handle. The government hasn't run any of the ambulance services I've ever worked for. Triage only happens in multi-patient scenes or mass casualty incidents, depending on severity, your primary assessment shouldn't take more than 3 minutes...and in critical situations(you can tell sick from not sick from the door pretty much)... that's done simultaneously with the moving and loading or you throw the questions out the window and just work (as in, if you never get past fixing the ABCs - Airway, Breathing, Circulation - during the whole time with the patient then so be it.) And EMTs and Pmeds that work in timed EMS response know those times by heart because our companies get fined...and thus we get in trouble... if we don't get there in under that time... plus most of us just want to get to and treat our patient as quickly as possible.. And I know so much because I'm a Field Training Officer..and every EMT that has gone through me has commendations galore. The incidents you listed off have never happened in my system (though sometimes people are just dead and no amount of speed would have fixed them... once you hit asystole...flat line for all your ER fans... or if you're too badly injured...it's a toss up and usually leans to the negative on if we're gunna get ya back). These are people who do their job for the love of it. There is no money in EMS. You find people with hearts of gold and who are in it to help and often get treated like crap for their trouble but come out smiling. Do not disrespect them by pretending you understand their lives.

June 20, 2010 at 11:17 p.m.
KTerceira said...

I more than understand their lives lady as I did 6 years in the US Army as a 91B medical specialist having received my training at Fort Sam Houton in San Antonio, Texas and worked EMS as a volunteer in two cities... You talk alot about how great your system works while ignoring the blatant errors in the system all over the country. You fail to address budget cuts, staffing issues, double coverage issues, etc.

I can tell you right now the truth lies somewhere between the way things are as you see it and the way things truly exist.

June 20, 2010 at 11:27 p.m.

And yes, your local EMTs and Paramedics - wherever you are- are perfectly happy to help you. We don't sit in freezing or sweltering trucks for 12 hours(since it's never inbetween) eatting (when they get to..there are no lunch breaks) cold food because a call came in right as they got it, trying to dry their socks from wading through the flood and ice their bruised elbow that they got when a patient attacked them, for 1/16th of a doctor's salary and all of a doctor's responsibility for fun. We do it because we recognized a need and would just as soon shake your hand, change your tire, or save your life because it gives us the warm fuzzies to help someone. So be nice. I understand wanting to help his wife, I understand the cop's desire to do his job (be his actions over the top) but neither went about it the right way. And huge respect to the guy for trying to turn himself in and offering to pay the tickets. I never denied that the guy ultimately tried to be responsible... but dude...911... we're a 24/7/365 service and just waiting for your call.

June 20, 2010 at 11:29 p.m.

KTerceira, no one argued with you on that last point. There are flaws every where but pointing them out never fixed a thing so if you really wanna make a difference, become a solution not a nay sayer. You were all those things. As in no longer? Much respect and thanks for serving though. Just quit being so down on your public servants. We know there are flaws, there are going to be flaws in anything that involves people. However, we work to fix our problems. That's better than most would do and none of my patients have ever felt disrespected or as though they were not cared for so as far as I'm concerned, we're doing what we can with what we have and working on fixing the weak spots. Doesn't change that lay people shouldn't take things into their own hands.

June 20, 2010 at 11:36 p.m.
KTerceira said...

What you said is he had no right to drive his wife to a hospital....

Since when does having a 911 number give you the right to have complete control over the lives of our families...Or think that only your EMS personel have knowledge , that can only be taught to and through you. I think Uncle Sam does a great job teaching us how to save lives in the field....It's good enough for our soldiers but not good enough when we're in civies ...Your not the end all to beat all.

I'll give you another what if...What if the ambulance wasn't on time or wasn't manned by someone as dedicated as you, what if it was manned by a couple of knuckleheads that you darn sure know exist in your industry. A couple of rookies with a undersupplied unit and this women died as a result...Would you still be posting...

June 20, 2010 at 11:39 p.m.
noserider said...

All I can say is wow. I have rushed both my parents to the hospital with strokes. Getting them care immediately is crucial for their chances of recovery. Folks lets help these people. Someone tell me how we can set up a legal fund for them. If the facts are as stated in this article I want to see some people go down for this BS. Again lets not just bitch lets help. Someone reading this that knows how to set this up please comment on how. I will be the first to donate. Please step up. This behavior can not be tolerated.

June 20, 2010 at 11:43 p.m.
KTerceira said...

You must ID the problem before you fix it...

In a diner in 1982, a gentlemen eating fried chicken had a chicken bone fracture and block his airway, I performed an Emergency Tracheotomy using a steak knife and a straw then called an ambulance...

I was later sued an won in court having my attorney fees paid by the idiot that sued me for saving his life. Would I do it again, yep

Just like I would have driven my wife to the hospital as well...Murphy's law applies to everyone even EMS and in a time sensitive illness I'd trust in me before the EMS system.

June 20, 2010 at 11:49 p.m.
Jayne said...

Here is the problem, the officers status went to his head. Some cops think they were born to rule the earth and are up and beyond human life. Shame on him and the county he works for for letting an emergency of life take the back seat over a traffic violation for something we have no control over, LIFE. Terrible. I would be embarrassed to work for such a facility.

June 20, 2010 at 11:49 p.m.
KTerceira said...

I have contacted Mr Wright on his facebook account and await his reply, noserider...My family and I are all for joining you in supporting his defense fund

June 20, 2010 at 11:51 p.m.
JPASR said...

AmbulanceChick--You are incredibly obtuse. First thing, the husband wasn't a nurse. And his wife was likely "out of it." He couldn't be expected to act in the way a nurse or doctor would act. Second, you make a lot of observations about how strokes work or don't work. As a medical professional, you should know that only doctors can make definitive diagnoses. There is no way for the husband or the wife to do self-diagnosis, nor should it be expected. Third, you don't know how far they were from the hospital. It would be foolish to wait on an ambulance if they were only blocks away, which sounds like the situation. Finally, if other paramedics or EMTs are as officious and know-it-all as you come off, I'd rather take my chances in my own car. I've been married to a registered nurse for 25 years. She is currently supervisor in our hospital. And she thinks you're nuts. Because you, my friend, are only slightly more qualified than a layperson and someone needs to tell you where you are on the healthcare food chain. You feel disrespected, I get it. It's because you try to elevate your profession to the level of a doctor or nurse. Go back to school if you want that kind of credibility.

June 20, 2010 at 11:52 p.m.
noserider said...

Thank You!!! Please Please contact me at Rjones@nassaubayroofing.com when you have a way I can donate or help set this up.

Ron Jones

June 20, 2010 at 11:55 p.m.
mommabunny said...

Ambulance Chick - you're missing the point.

The husband made a call, good or bad that's beside the actual point.

The officer in his professional capacity created a potential risk to the injured party in this case. If this officer was so concerned about what was taking place, why didn't he draw his gun and hold the husband at gunpoint? If the officer considered this a felony stop, he should have pulled his gun. He didn't.

Why did the officer get close enough to this husband to get a fingernail scratch - which apparently the cop was unable to defend himself against - which means this officer entered into a potentially dangerous situation he was not capable of controlling. This places everyone involved at great risk - officers are taught to control the situation and not to move in if they can't. He could not control the husband, he did not draw his weapon to control the husband, yet he tried to get close and ended up being "injured" with a tiny fingernail scratch. The officer made multiple bad decisions at that point and shows he was not competent to work in an emergency situation like this. He endangered everyone involved at that point.

Then he follows the husband into the ER and causes more problems. OBVIOUSLY the wife was in a medical crisis, and I'm sure the ER staff could verify this to the officer had he asked or listened. Instead, he was lost and uncertain what to do. This is seen in his inability to control the situation around him or act appropriately while inside the hospital.

Then, after TWO days, he and his department decided to press felony charges against this husband? If this was a felony, why did they let the husband go unmolestated for 2 whole days when they knew exactly where he was (his wife's side)??? The husband even went to turn himself in - was told no charges were pending, and left! How did this escalate to a felony charge???

Continued in next post...

June 20, 2010 at 11:55 p.m.
mommabunny said...

The officer made bad decisions, his supervisors made bad decisions. Instead of coming clean and working this out, they tried to cover it up by expostulating (embellishing) on the actual happening and making it out to be felony charges when in reality, it wasn't. A fingernail scratch is not of the same caliber as punching someone - and if the husband was truly trying to get his wife out of the car at the ER doors and this officer tried to prevent this, the officer is lucky he only had a tiny scratch! If the husband's intent was to hurt this officer, he would have punched/shoved/kicked or whatever it took at that point. The husband did not, and instead kept his focus on the medical crisis at hand. WHO was the professional in this situation? Not the officer!!!

How many times have husbands driven their wives to the hospital with an imminent birth on their hands - how many of those husbands were arrested on felony charges??? What is the difference here? Except for the officer making a bad call, and his supervisors supporting him, there is no difference. An imminent birth or a stroke are both medical emergencies.

THIS is the point - not whether the husband made a good or bad decision on taking his wife to the ER. It is the officer's decisions and his behavior, backed by his supervisors, that created this dilemma. The arrest is the point, the arrest is the dilemma, the arrest is what the police department totally screwed up here - and they have violated the husband's rights in doing so. THAT is what people are upset about, not because this man drove his wife to the ER. It was how the officer reacted, how the charges were embellished, and how it was carried out that screams of unjust actions and behavior on the part of the police department. I don't say that lightly being married to an LAPD officer (now supervisor) for 22 years.

The supervisors could very easily have turned this around, giving the husband a warning or giving him tickets for the red lights he ran. They didn't. They decided to pursue a felony arrest on this man - to what point??? His actions were not those of a felon and in the circumstances, I believe this husband showed that by not attacking the officer when the officer attempted to block the way into the ER.

Continued to next post...

June 20, 2010 at 11:57 p.m.
mommabunny said...

I can also point out that the husband's prior experience as a medic gives him the experience needed to make the decision he did and to run red lights - ambulances do this all the time. They slow, check both ways and proceed through. This is what the husband did. He was not reckless and did not put anyone in danger - which you seem to think was the case, and it wasn't. It doesn't take a genius to drive safely through red lights if there is a medical emergency - this husband acted appropriately.

And I can't tell you how many times our ER has received ambulance cases where we had to life-flight the patient to another hospital. So it has nothing to do with calling 911 in order to get the patient to the best hospital for their condition - that is a misnomer and inaccurate information. Also, ER personnel know exactly what their hospital can handle. I have no idea what you're talking about, unless you are asking the receptionists or the janitors.

The POINT in this situation was the unwrongful felony arrest and the inappropriate and dangerous decisions the police officer made upon first encounter, while in the ER and later as he pursued a felony arrest.

It is illegal to wrongly accuse a person, much less arrest them on bogus charges. In this case the arrest should be found to be illegal and all charges dropped - and the officer should be re-evaluted as an officer. He made severe mistakes that in other situations could have caused his own life or the life of others nearby. He compounded his bad decisions by trying to embellish the situation in order to garner a felony arrest. I would never trust an officer who did either - he should not be allowed on the street, in an emergency vehicle and with a loaded gun. He has proven multiple times he is incapable of making good decisions.

June 20, 2010 at 11:58 p.m.
HybridWarrior said...

As a former combat medic and a CURRENT law enforcement officer, this is disturbing. How can you see a man rushing into a hospital with a woman in his arms and your first impulse is to obstruct him? I don't understand. I hate the reputation people like me have to live with because of incidents like this. Police work HAS to start with professionalism and courtesy. I went to T.L.E.T.A. (Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy)just like this guy most likely did. I'm sorry folks, but it is still happening. Cops like this guy are being made everyday. TLETA does IT'S share to sort them out and teach professionalism. What some officers forget is this: You are meeting these people who need your help during what could be the worst possible moment in their lives. Protect them. Help them. Save them. Never forget why you are here, fellow officers.

June 21, 2010 at 12:12 a.m.
KTerceira said...

Ron I will pass you email on to Eric Wright through his facebook account...I have received the following link from him

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eric-Jesse-and-Aline-Wright-Support/137796979564375

June 21, 2010 at 12:13 a.m.
noserider said...

Guys

I posted this earlier but I want to restate the message. It seems that many of you are outraged by what has happened to this couple. Those that are behind the husbands actions and would like to help this couple with a small donation for a defense fund please check back here for info on how to do this. The important thing is to help them not argue the merits of what happened. I mean what's to argue? Guys wife was potentially dying and he's on the way to the ER to save her freaking life. Those outraged and you should be...lets start changing the focus of this thread to DONATE TO THIS COUPLES DEFENSE FUND. I mean after all put yourself in their shoes. You CAN make a difference with your help.

June 21, 2010 at 12:15 a.m.
JPASR said...

Hybrid--Thank you. Much respect. God protect your every move.

June 21, 2010 at 12:17 a.m.
wardog said...

It is an unfortunate fact that police departments now WANT the type of officer who is psychologically unfit to exist in a sane, rational society. PD's across this country look for the less intelligent psychopathic social misfits such as officer Daves.

If your life or the life of a loved one is in danger you can count on sicko scum like Daves to make the situation worse.

The worst part of this tale is that the PD will support the actions of this worthless, tax-feeding, donut-stuffing POS so that the next cop who decides to act like him won't think twice about doing so and putting the lives and safety of citizens in peril.

But please don't let the actions of the bad cops color your opinion of the other 5%.

June 21, 2010 at 12:17 a.m.
ELRICHMAN said...

Sad. Always some Bubba that has to screw things up. A dipstick like this should be assigned to the license bureau......no I take that back.....the cleanup crew at the impound lot. Urinal division.

June 21, 2010 at 12:25 a.m.
mommabunny said...

Hybrid Warrior - it has been my experience as an ER nurse, and my husband also agrees, that if a police officer is chasing a car that won't stop and that car turns into a hospital and parks at ER doors, and driver is trying to take a person out of the car - it is not rocket science to understand the people involved need help asap.

As my husband says of the criminals he catches, only the stupid ones get caught redhanded. I think that goes for this rogue cop and the supervisors who supported him. Hopefully this city will clean house now and become a better city with a better police force. This provides the perfect opportunity to do so.

Hold your head high, you're a hero both on duty and off. My husband reminds me all the time that police and firemen go into situations that everyone else is running away from... That's the definition of a hero :)

Thank God there are still courageous men in this country and feminism hasn't killed them all off!!! You and your fellow officers nationwide, as well as this poor husband trying to save his wife's life... Men are always given a bad rap, yet whatever would we do without you :)

June 21, 2010 at 12:35 a.m.
7continents said...

Jim Daves is a nightmare scenario-- an EGO with a badge! What nefarious thing had the husband done? He hurt a cop's sense of entitlement. Jim Daves is a small, petty man. What's worse--his boss backs him up after his outrageous behavior! DON'T CROSS THE THIN BLUE LINE. We, the taxpayers, pay police officers but don't ever think they work for you. If a cop wants to make the life of a law abiding taxpayer Hell, they can and they will be protected by all the other cops. It has happened again & again & again. I used to be so naive, I thought the cops were the good guys but dashboard cams, cell phones & security cameras have burst my bubble. I will be happy to contribute to the defense fund for this good, honorable husband.

June 21, 2010 at 12:37 a.m.
KTerceira said...

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eric-Jesse-and-Aline-Wright-Support/137796979564375

Show your support and ask how we can help on Eric's facebook page please

June 21, 2010 at 12:41 a.m.
KTerceira said...

Here is a very similar incident last year in dallas and the professional apoligy way to late

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/032609dnmetcopstop.3e9c080.html

June 21, 2010 at 12:45 a.m.
broncosfan said...

I live in another state, but my husband has encountered these cops before when he was involved in an accident in Memphis. Said they were the biggest jerks in the world. They should spend more time cutting the REAL crime in that city instead of harassing citizens, especially in a critical emergency such as this young couple had. I bet if that would have been an officer's wife or child there wouldn't be any charges . . . you know, "professional courtesy", but this poor young guy could lose his job over this. We will NEVER visit this city again, and we actually had plans to travel there next month.

June 21, 2010 at 1:01 a.m.
bugjamm said...

I agree with every person that wrote to you disagreeing with the officer and the supervisor that said he did nothing wrong.

For him to not even ask or care and then escort this couple to the hospital with lights and sirens is probably one of the top reasons why more and more people have lost trust and confidence in the police all over the United States.

Isn't compassion and common sense taught to your officers? Or are they so insecure that they have to be the hero and come up with the idea after someone makes a 911 call to your police department?

What is wrong with you people? And as a Supervisor, I can't help but wonder how on earth did you make it to that position with that attitude? Maybe that is what is wrong with him, that he looks up to you. So hopefully someone will look at whether you are the best person to be supervising anyone.

I know many of the cops in my town and I am hard pressed to believe that any one of them would not have thought more of the health and well being of that women before trying to turn it into a BMOC ( Big Man On Campus )moment for the poor husband.

You should all be ashamed of yourself.

California

June 21, 2010 at 2:35 a.m.
Katysailboat said...

Hey, Streets_McGee your post's are right on target ! And I believe 99% of us agree with you. And thanks Sailedaway for providing me with this (below) because you are absolutely correct ! and I will file a complaint! ~~Everyone who reads this should file a complaint. You can email it to: CPDInternalAffairs@mail.Chattanooga.gov. This thug needs to be addressed as "former Police officer"...~~ That police officer should be fired. And don't send him to Texas as we don't put up with mental nutcases like that down here. I should know, I am a nurse and same thing almost happened to me (inappropiate Police behaviour) and Sheriff Leroy Burch is no longer with us, God bless his corrupt soul. And for those of you on here posting that are police officers and/or Officer Daves co-worker's... we do not care what the hiring process is & do not care if "you stay home" because with Chatga. Police Dept it is clearly evident that our citizens could DIE with the like's of Officer Dave around and I'd be better off if you did stay home. I just can't believe this police dept. THE WHOLE DEPT looks bad and the couple deserves a public apology.

June 21, 2010 at 2:50 a.m.
NativeNH1 said...

The arresting officer should be hanging his head in shame for the arrest of someone he KNEW was responding to an emergency. One would think that police would focus their efforts on real criminals, not arresting a man trying to get his wife to the ER. This story is a humiliation to police everywhere.

June 21, 2010 at 3:20 a.m.
Katysailboat said...

I disagree with some of the post's, especially those who think this behaviour is appropiate, it is not, nor is it appropiate to file charges on this gentleman.

I just now realised that I've taken care of many police officers, stab wounds, trauma and I always, always focused on keeping them alive, we certainly didn't hand out felony's and handcuffs to their family the next day, I don't care how many red lights Officer Daves ran... ughm..I am assuming Officer Daves ran all those red lights himself, am I correct? So not only did he jeapordize a citizens life in ER, by golly I bet HE ran through the lights red and the couple went thru green, he probably drove like a bat outta h@ll too. Why do I say this? Because 25% of the police officers I've had in ER as patients were inexperienced rookies that didn't know any better or how to handle themselves. Also, God never said you had to call 911, I myself would take 4 or 5 aspirins and get to ER the best way possible.

June 21, 2010 at 3:27 a.m.
Katysailboat said...

To KTerceira Let us know how we can help support this couple. Amen

June 21, 2010 at 4:05 a.m.
BartDent said...

God forbid common sense should trump protocol and policy. Boo to the Chattanooga Police Dept. This needs to end before it costs these people anything else. They've all ready been raped of their time and safety. "To protect and serve" Please show me where this was demonstrated.

June 21, 2010 at 7:35 a.m.
enufisenuf said...

Rolando, overwhelming opinion that the cop is an idiot and his actions are NOT justified. Perhaps your one of the ones who was bullied all thru school and you prefer the underdog. Either way, hopefully, the thugs who run CPD will open their eyes and do some damage control for their unprofessional and STUPID actions, the idiot cop as well as his equally moronic superiors, in title only. They should drop the charges and fire the heartless boob who started all this from a lack of discretion. I hope the victims are well compensated for the attack on their lives.

BTW,Ro, I read the articles but I seem to understand the content and responses better than you. GO OUTSIDE today and take a walk, inhale the fresh air and clear you mind, you need it.

June 21, 2010 at 8:17 a.m.
enufisenuf said...

Rolo, your comments lack intelligence, rational, common sense and maturity. Please go to sleep Troll. I would love to have an intelligent conversation with you, but I never have a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

June 21, 2010 at 8:31 a.m.
rolando said...

After re-reading the article, all I can say is there sure are a lot of uncalled for, semi-hysterical, knee-jerk anti-cop reactions occurring in cyber-space over this incident. Get a grip, people. Stop reading more into these posts than there is. Instead, re-read the article and decide for yourself what may have happened.

Briefly, Officer Daves followed Mr Wright to the ER after seeing a potentially dangerous traffic violation [running 1 or 2 red lights]. He approached them -- the article does NOT say he interfered with Ms Wright's treatment...THAT is an unfounded assumption by nearly all here.

Once Ms Wright was admitted to her room, security came in and told both that an arrest warrant had been issued, although Mr Wright was not detained.

Two days later, Mr Wright was arrested on a rather lengthy list of offenses, most of them more serious than running a red light. That is the center of the controversy here/

A complaint filed against Officer Daves came to nothing -- the Officer had acted properly INSOFAR AS HIS POLICE DUTIES WERE CONCERNED. The idea that Chattanooga Police Dept supervisors had defended any other part of the Officer's actions is COMPLETE conjecture on the part of those objecting here.

So hesitate a bit before reacting, please. You are besmirching the officers of a major police force -- all of them, regardless of how honorably they act. You are directly causing our police departments to lose very good officers out of disgust...and I cannot blame them for it. Continual public disparagement does that. One can only take ungrateful trash feedback so long...perhaps that is what you want...even more "cowboys" and ego-trippers on the force instead of the good guys.

[continued]

June 21, 2010 at 9:05 a.m.
rolando said...

[continued from above]

When my wife was having severe chest pain at 2:30AM, I didn't even consider an ambulance -- we live way too far out. Doing well over any speed limit on our empty streets and freeways here, I was praying for a cop. [I am a more than competent driver federally-trained in Protective Services driving techniques and I know my Magnum's excellent handling characteristics quite well.] Incidentally had a cop appeared, I would have stopped, jumped out with hands held high in full sight in the officer's headlights and asked for an escort -- which would have undoubtedly happened without question. Instead, I drove on empty streets, flashers on, hibeams on all the way to the heart specialist hospital here. Amazingly, all lights were green with no traffic -- and no cops, unfortunately. I did not spare the horses.

To close, I say Mr Wright acted as he saw fit...and may easily have saved his wife's life. Happily, my drive had the same result. And I would do it again -- in a heartbeat.

In the officer's estimation, I daresay he thought he was acting properly also...although it appears he may have been a bit overzealous in his later actions and the excessive charges...time and internal investigation will tell.

Somehow I suspect July 9 will bring a successful resolution in Sessions Court...

June 21, 2010 at 9:08 a.m.
ditch_doc911 said...

I have worked in EMS for 15+ years. What amazes me about this story is that the officer didn't arrest him before he got his wife out of the car. The officers in the downtown area have always been hot tempered and had a "god-cop" mentality. We (in fire/police/EMS) have always had what was refered to as the 1am rule. What this says is that if it's after 1am and thereare no cars in the intersection then ALL lights are GREEN. Sound crazy, go park anywhere downtown some night and just sit and watch how many cops breeze right through a light after barely slowing down, often on their cell phones. Now I will be the first to admit, there are some good cops out there, who truly deserve our respect. However, most of these hotshots that they have been turning out the last 3-4 years are little more than armed adrenolin junkies. I truly hate to have a cop show up on a call in the projects because 9 times out of 10 all they do is stir crap until the scene goes south. If the good cops on our force would stand toe to toe with these cowboys and police themselves...maybe we could have a force that was worth being proud of. I just fear that there are too few good cops left to really make a difference, and thats a shame.

June 21, 2010 at 9:14 a.m.
BOOBOO99 said...

OFFICER DAVES GETS THE "KENNETH FREEMAN AWARD".. Lets all remember what DAVES did. He should be honored with all the low life police officers who has treated people like dirt. I hope Officer DAVES family is proud of him for excepting this award that he deserves.Also this aWard will be in the Hamilton County Hall of fame museum to honor him as one of the elite "scumbags" thats suppose to protects us.;)

June 21, 2010 at 9:20 a.m.
Staceys said...

the minute that man drove into an emergency room parking lot the cop should have backed off and seen what was going on. I can't believe he arrested the guy knowing he was taking his wife into emergency. The cop should be fired. The guy has a good lawsuit I think.

June 21, 2010 at 9:21 a.m.
rolando said...

AS with other incompetents in police procedure, enuf, you attach too much and depend too much on public opinion -- public opinion based on nothing but each others individual, bandwagon-jumping, opinions -- sans basis, sans facts, sans intelligent, informed thought. That can sometimes be an almost fatal flaw.

You do on this occasion. You are right here in one respect; we cannot have intelligent, thoughtful discourse on this subject.

I suggest we ignore each other on this thread...unless some egregious writing appears.

June 21, 2010 at 9:21 a.m.
Rifleman said...

It's past time for that cop and his supervisor to become a security guards at Toys Are Us.

June 21, 2010 at 9:32 a.m.
KTerceira said...

The support page for Eric Wright has been removed from facebook most likely by the Wrights themselves , so I would like to wish them luck.

June 21, 2010 at 9:51 a.m.
rolando said...

I rest my case of 9:05AM.

June 21, 2010 at 9:51 a.m.
PastorWilliams said...

The thing many seem to forget when evaluating this particular situation is that when Mr. Wright stepped up to the plate to attempt to save his wife's life, he became the officer's equal, on some level. The fact that any citizen has a right to make an arrest suggests that we all are responsible for the well-being of those around us.

In emergency situations, if lacking law enforcement around us, we are allowed, indeed, to take the reins. One can debate just how much time Eric had to get his wife to the hospital, one can debate whether or not he bumped the officer and so on. In the end, none of that matters. This citizen was performing an honorable service and clearly not doing so recklessly or with any intent to harm or break the law for personal gain.

But today, most officers do not recognize that their public service role, paid for by the public, makes them part of the public as they do their job. The poor Chattanoogan (near the top of the comments) reprimanded and harrassed by asking the officer to move his vehicle so they could move their own car is a beautiful example of this.

Yes, most officers are good men. I would also say, most officers need to be re-educated on this particular world view and on the particular need to humble themselves before the people they serve. I find it funny how some people blame the news for the negative perception. I hear more stories of inappropriate behavior by police from friends and family than stories of graciousness.

June 21, 2010 at 9:53 a.m.
Pipp23 said...

Easy way to fix the issue is to vote in a new Sheriff. Everything starts from the top down, if he cant control his officers then he needs to be voted out.

June 21, 2010 at 10:16 a.m.
KC7KFN said...

All I can say is were is the common sense? They let this guy carry a gun? He couldn’t discern the fact that a person running 2 red lights and pulling into an ER Parking lot was maybe needed Emergency Medical Care? Anyone who would defend that lack of reasoning of Officer Davis's part deserves to have him patrolling your street. As for Justification, You can do almost anything to save the life of a fellow human. To protect the life of a 3rd person, you can even use deadly force, so why wouldn’t he be allowed to speed and run red lights to Save a Human Life? This officer is lucky all he is getting is his 15 minutes of Shame, if I lived in Chattanooga, I would call for demonstrations and even calls to the Mayor demanding the Chief of Police resign over this incident. This is clearly a Top Down issue, where officers are not instructed on Common Sense.

June 21, 2010 at 10:20 a.m.
Rozita said...

Didn't a similar incident happen in Texas involving a professional football player? I believe football player was taking his wife to see her dying mother. The wife barely saw her mother in time, and the young man did not make it because he was retained by a similarly Gestapo-minded cop.

Well, thanks to this incident, Americans will know to stay the hell out of Chattanooga or risk harassment by a crooked police force.

June 21, 2010 at 10:39 a.m.
bcook said...

From the Red-Neck left, What an idiot Daves is, he should be terminated immediately and a full apology from his supervisor be given to the Wrights with compensation for their troubles, end of story... Or I could bust Daves up some. Either one is Justified.... My new favorite show!!! It's as Red-Neck as Daves!!!

June 21, 2010 at 2:18 p.m.
PaulBarnard said...

I am a retired law enforcement officer. I cannot believe that anyone in law enforcement would think that what took place in any way was done in the interest of public safety, serving or protecting. Even if Eric was more excited and uncoopreative than the he said he was, that's understandable. He feared for his wife's life. The city needs to drop the charges and apologize at once for being too heavy handed and being incapable of applying a little common sense.

I am going to be in Nashville on the Fourth of July weekend. I was planning on spending a couple of nights in Chattanooga on the way back. I intended to see the Aquarium, Rock City, Ruby Falls and the zoo. My past visits to Chattanooga have been very pleasant. I have recommended Chattanooga as a destination to a great many people.

I will not visit Chattanooga this trip or ever again, nor will I recommend it to anyone else until the City rights this wrong. Officer Daves, you made the job of every good, thinking, caring cop on the street exponentially more difficult through your actions. The erosion of public trust and confidence your actions caused cannot be undone.

June 21, 2010 at 2:42 p.m.
rolando said...

It will be quite interesting to see the comments on this thread should the Sessions Court judge find against Mr. Wright. Should that happen there would be pandemonium in the streets, no doubt. Amazing what happens when you do not have all the facts.

Anyone out there think they have all the facts in this case?


Officer Barnard, I am surprised an experienced LEO would so quickly jump to conclusions about a case based on a rather sketchy newspaper report, of all things[!]...unless you have another source of news you would like to share with us.

Then based on your snap decision and in outrage you will deprive yourself of visiting our fine aquarium and beautiful waterfront, strolls along the shaded riverwalk, our art gallery and bluff-top homes/restaurants overlooking the river, etc.

Pity, that...but it is doubtful any of our attractions will miss you.

June 21, 2010 at 5:26 p.m.
trailmix7159 said...

ditch_doc911, got to say, love your name... so original, so true.

ThtAmbulamceChick - let me commend you on your years of service and experience. As an emergency worker in the great city (literally) of Chattanooga, let me state some facts about response times and capabilities. Chattanoogans can expect a response time from 5 - 10 minutes with a paramedic ambulance and with a fire company in less time. The firefighter's don't have paramedic capabilities (though they do have quite a few of them). Also, a police officer usually shows up if its anything more than a run-of-the-mill call. They have always been very helpful in these situations from what I have seen.

From where Eric started, there are three very good hospitals within the same one-half-mile radius of each other. They are all about 5 -7 minutes from his location. Actually, if he drove the route I would have taken, he would have driven past one of them. That disspells the notion of going to the wrong hospital. He went to the best in the region. They know their capabilities there.

However, I understand your concern. I believe you are afraid that the average citizen will look at this example and think its the right thing to do. When in reality, most situations do not warrant this type of response. I would say that 80 percent of ambulance calls do not justify them running "emergency traffic" to the hospital (emergency traffic is ran to every call). Of the twenty percent that do, most of those don't warrant the speeding and the running of the red lights to get the person to the hospital (I am leaving out severe trauma cases in my example). That begs the question of, "why do we, as emergency workers, run emergency traffic when its not needed?" The answer is because we can't be sure that the patient can survive the extra twenty or so minutes it takes to get through the traffic and red lights without running emergency traffic. We err on the side of caution for the patient. Thats what Eric did.

Eric is also not full-time military. He has been in civilian EMS every since becoming a medic. He knows the protocols. I have another question for you. Have you ever ran a mas-cal event with gun-fire and explosions going off around you and people screaming in your ear? It brings new meaning to composure under stress. Eric has. Its part of the training (and thats not mentioning his real-world experiences). I truly believe you could too.

Thats not to say that Eric wasn't emotionally affected by the situation. Of course he was. We all have the "special" patients we get emotional over. Whether it be the elderly that no longer are able to fend for themselves, or the teenagers that have so much promise and life ahead of them. For me its the tiny kids that tug on my strings. But that has never stopped me from providing proper and timely care for them. The day that we, emergency workers, have no emotion for our patients is the day we need to get out and find another job.

June 21, 2010 at 5:32 p.m.
enufisenuf said...

RoROlandope your a bozo, probably go to vindication on sundays too. As long as you post moronic ideology, I will call it as I see it.

Anyone out there think they have all the facts in this case?

I suppose you do, roro, with your ego, it wouldn't surprise me. Ramble on with your dimwitted reproach to the opinions you don't like, but realize, I will continue to refute you comments fo rthe garbage some of them are. Get a life and pop that ego of yours a little.

Don't see limited info here or snap decisions on the loe's part, just a wounded ego of yours due to your ignorant take on what is presented that is beyond your ability to comprehend.

June 21, 2010 at 7:38 p.m.
moonpie said...

Take heart rolando,

People don't always take the job for the respect or confidence that people place in that institution.

Congress and law firms nearly always rank near the bottom of trustworthy institutions. Not far above them are newspapers.

By comparison, the police rank very well.

There are lots of reasons people choose certain careers aside from public respect: power, money, a calling....

http://www.pollingreport.com/institut.htm

June 21, 2010 at 8:27 p.m.
BOOBOO99 said...

Chattanooga Police Dept needs a overhaul and better management of their police officers..they are out of control.They think they can abuse their powers and take advantage of citizens. This thug name James Daves and Chattanooga police dept who defend this low life thug, so that makes them low life scums too to defend this creep..Chattanoogans need to sign a petition to fire James Daves for interfering with the medical emergency of this woman...If the guy stopped for him his wife could of died..But this Thug name James Daves would not care as long as he got his way.. JAMES DAVES is in the category as rapist murders and thieves.If the woman died they could of got him with manslaughter for his interference with this medical emergency..

June 21, 2010 at 8:46 p.m.
rolando said...

Thank you, moonpie...on a number of levels. Don't hear that often...never did, really.

It seems the best thing LEOs can expect these days is nothing...literally. The good ones take their usually thankless job for the same reason our military members and others in the dangerous life-risking jobs do...because it needs done and someone must do it. It is certainly not for the pay and absolutely not for the ego-stroking some here find so important they think everyone needs it. Those with personal issues usually don't last long...

Our LEOS walk in front of us, silently and actively clearing the way, expecting nothing from us in return. Usually, the only thing they get is the bad mouth...especially from the glory mongers who post anonymously with a fortification of Dutch courage.

More than once I have been damned happy they were there; local police, SWATs, Sheriffs, Security Police, etc., it doesn't really matter who they are...what matters is they are there. My appreciation of them is boundless.

The folks here should not paint them all with the tar brush...instead, wait for the "rest of the story." [Thanks to Paul Harvey, RIP.]

June 21, 2010 at 9:35 p.m.
enufisenuf said...

RoRo said: More than once I have been damned happy they were there; local police, SWATs, Sheriffs, Security Police, etc., it doesn't really matter who they are...what matters is they are there. My appreciation of them is boundless

Probably after your big dumb mouth got you backed into a corner. BOO HOO, most people disagreed with your ASSessment so get over it dummy. Don't care for you defense of a crooked thug or the goon squad condoning his mis conduct.

Sucks to be you

June 21, 2010 at 10:14 p.m.
KTerceira said...

Story just made CNN...Nice going Davies ...You made your city famous

June 21, 2010 at 10:28 p.m.
MountainJoe said...

I hope the young couple sues the $#!+ out of Daves and the city.

And I hope I am on the jury.

June 21, 2010 at 11:41 p.m.
SavartiTN said...

I like the part where Mrs. Wright says "The first words he says are "I'm going to arrest you."" Maybe this is all right but I would think that a "hey, you need help, sir" might have been a better choice. Or a "I'll be waiting out here and when you get finished, we'll talk."But to block the entrance to the ER is a little extreme...he could have been helping them to get in there.

I have to wonder if Daves is a little shy of people not acting in the norm. He was involved in an incident last year where a crazy doped up man stabbed him in the ear and Daves tasered him then the other officer shot the crazy man's dog. Maybe he has a grudge now on people who don't listen.

I am sure that the CPD will work this out. They certainly don't want to leave these questioned unanswered.

But I do have a question...why is my small neighborhood in the county just jammed pack with neighbors who drive Chattanooga Police Dept. cars home everyday?

June 22, 2010 at 12:32 a.m.
podiebell said...

Congratulations Chattanooga PD!!! You just made CNN.com!!!!! I hope this case causes the same atmosphere of change that the Tonya Craft trial has!

June 22, 2010 at 2:12 a.m.
rolando said...

Completely different case as you know, podiebell.

This case is about police procedures during and after a pursuit.

The Craft case was about after-the-fact investigative work and subsequent trial procedures.

The issues are not comparable.

June 22, 2010 at 4:55 a.m.
rolando said...

You hope you are on the jury, MJ?? For justice sake, I hope you aren't. You have already tried and convicted Officer Daves for doing his job as he saw fit...without the facts.

Did you read the TFP reporter, Ms Mercer's, update today? Many additional details are provided.

Let's face it, the Officer already had sufficient evidence of Mr Wright's disregard for the public safety, etc to make an arrest on the spot.

But Officer Daves didn't do that...something well within his discretionary options. Instead, he made no arrest...but at the same time, he refused to disregard Mr Wright's multiple offenses and filed his report.

After review, charges were pressed against Mr Wright for his disregard of the law...and it wasn't just for speeding/light running either. It seems there is a bit of history there. Two days later -- when Ms Wright was safe -- the arrest warrant was served.

Waddaya say we wait for the internal investigation and the Sessions Court judge's review of the case before we judge it for them?

June 22, 2010 at 5:10 a.m.
I77Medic said...

If Mr. Wright was truly knowledgeable about stroke he would know that his actions created more risk to himself, his wife and the public than her self-resolved condition posed.

The therapies for stroke that Dr. Fesmire mentions in his letter are rarely used. They have great risk and little success. Time is important, but so is public safety.

Dr. Fesmire doesn't mention that these therapies aren't available at all hospitals, so families who self-diagnose and rush to a hospital in a private car for the sake of speed may learn that their mistake has prevented their loved one from receiving the time sensitive treatment.

There is no indication in Dr. Fesmire's letter or in anything published, including statements by the couple themselves, that any medical treatment at all was given.

If a couple who weren't hospital employees behaved this way, calling ahead with the horn sounding, running into the ED screaming about strokes with a policeman in foot pursuit behind them, I guarantee there would be no letter of support from an ED physcian, just rolled eyes and knowing smiles...and somebody would have asked "why didn't you call an ambulance."

Our choices in a medical emergency are to call 911, or to drive the patient to the hospital within the law.

June 22, 2010 at 5:59 a.m.
rolando said...

Why do your neighbors drive CPD cars home everyday, savarti?

Maybe it has something to do with their duty requirements, huh? If they are subject to recall to a crime scene [or to escort a needy individual to a hospital or some other emergency], you would have them drive to work to get a police car [or unmarked car] before responding.

There are any number of legitimate reasons why a person drives a "company car" home. Can you think of any or do you just criticize?

June 22, 2010 at 6:05 a.m.
TChick54 said...

I think that what the officer did was a utter disgrace. This situation is horrible, I think the officer should have used some common sense and recognized the severity of it. Jesse, knows that when it comes to a stroke, seconds and minutes matter. That officer should be charged with obstruction of health care and endangering human life. I thought his job was to protect and serve? Why not let them seek medical treatment, and then ask questions next, that would have been the intelligent thing to do, but no, he is the officer, what he says goes, even if it doesn't make sense. It makes you want to respect them even less, and then they try to get away by saying "I was just doing my job"....

June 22, 2010 at 9:39 a.m.
KTerceira said...

All CHARGES DROPPED !!!!!

Congrats ERIC and Chattanooga

Guess the DA has some common sense and understood he wasn't getting a conviction, and the cost would be better spent on criminals not Eric Wright ...

June 22, 2010 at 3:27 p.m.
KTerceira said...

Spokesperson Kim Noorbergen "We deeply regret this incident has occurred and hope to meet with Mr. and Mrs. Wright at their earliest convenience to discuss the events of June 16."

HAHA ...Bet they hope greatly...

Also Erlinger has reinstated Wright and will pay him the one day he lost...How big of them...Another CYA

June 22, 2010 at 3:33 p.m.
DMandreason said...

This has nothing to do with traffic lights. I would expect comments like that coming from idiots, nothing more. The problem here is that a cop assaulted a man carrying his wife into the ER for care. He is a thug.

Oh, it doesn't matter what in the hell the therapy was. There was plenty of time for the dumbass cop to write his tickets after getting the woman into the hospital.

This is a case of a bully thug cop liar who needs to be fired and charged with assault.

June 22, 2010 at 3:44 p.m.
KTerceira said...

A word of advice for Eric Wright, Show up at this meeting and with a lawyer that is prepared to file a wrongful arrest suit..

THey are going to appeal to your sense of duty etc. etc. only to save face...Your arrest is permanent record, your mug shot on file, and they arrested you at your wifes bedside with litle or no concern for her or you..

This officer showed no concern for your wife's health or safety at the time, don't let the suckers beg forgiveness now.

Be careful what you do and get this entire matter striken from records and have that idiot Daves personally hand you your mug shot and fingerprint card....

Dismissing charges does not get it striken from the record.. 10 years from now when an FBI background check shows you arrested for assaulting an officer some won't care about the news clippings or the charges being dismissed.....

Good luck

June 22, 2010 at 3:53 p.m.
enufisenuf said...

Roro, are you just stupid or don't you recognize a circus and thug injustice when you see it? Your boy screwed up, is not qualified to be a cop and the CPD realized they dropped the ball and now hope to sweep it under the carpet. Open your eyes and quit whinning.

June 22, 2010 at 4:12 p.m.
SavartiTN said...

You know, Rolando, good point about the police driving a taxpayer paid for vehicle home...what are the benefits? So, I am asking all of you out there...what are the benefits of the Chattanooga Police driving a CPD car home especially if they live outside of the city limits?

I would think that it is not for being recalled to a crime scene...do police do that frequently if they are off duty? I know that it is not because a county dwelling CPD officer can intercede in a crime committed in the county...they must wait for response by a Hamilton Co. Sheriff's Dept member. Does the presence of a police car in a neighborhood really deter crime? Are the officers required to park the car in the driveway (one of the officer's in my neighborhood parks his patrol car in his garage so that negates that theory in his particular case)?

Please, somebody, come up with some legitimate reasons. Reasons why that practice should continue because it cost taxpayers over $1 MILLION dollars per year for this benefit. Could this money be better spent in a more comprehensive training program for the officers? Just my thoughts...

June 22, 2010 at 8:51 p.m.
SavartiTN said...

rolando said:

"After review, charges were pressed against Mr Wright for his disregard of the law...and it wasn't just for speeding/light running either. It seems there is a bit of history there. Two days later -- when Ms Wright was safe -- the arrest warrant was served.

Waddaya say we wait for the internal investigation and the Sessions Court judge's review of the case before we judge it for them?"

Hmmm...wonder why it's not going to be heard in court, rolando? Maybe because as others said here, there was a CPD officer responding in a manner that should cause concern for any tax paying citizen of this community? But, the way that you respond on this message board would make me wonder if you are related to Daves.

June 22, 2010 at 8:57 p.m.
Tamara said...

This is an absolute outrage! It's so frightening to consider that so many egotistical maniacs choose to become cops...and this is precisely WHY. So they can be empowered with the ability to intimidate people. That brutish cop needs to be fired, immediately. Blocking a man who's carrying his wife into the ER is absolutely uncalled for. Every second counts during a stroke...if the woman's face was drooping and speech slurred, it was time to get her to the ER and get treatment started ASAP. That cop should have known that, had he been paying attention during first aid training.

June 23, 2010 at 7:35 a.m.
rolando said...

Good grief. You all will have the Officer throwing a full body block on the poor little speeder/light-runner/unregistered-uninsured car driver, throwing him and his wife across the sidewalk into the street and almost under a bus then just standing there laughing holding his Capiscum in one hand and his cowboy style .44 Colt hogleg in the other. You make things up out of the air, listening to those who haven't even read the information -- just like Dear Leader not reading the Arizona law before suing.

And all the Officer did was put his hand on Wright's arm -- a hand Wright immediately threw off, scratching the Officer's hand in the process [ever heard of HIV/AIDS/hepatitis?]. There was no "blocking the door" involved.

sarcasm=OFF

savarti, there are any number of reasons for the CPD car to be at a person's home...so tell us all about it. What does your neighbor do at the CPD? What is his specific job title [so we can determine exactly why he drives a company car home]? Do his duties require him to respond to certain types of events; terrorist attacks, for instance? Does he drive the CPD car everywhere he goes, having his family drive a separate car?

C'mon, savarti, we KNOW you must have all that information...you are a smart guy. You DID look into the guy's background info before opening your mouth with a complaint, right? [I hope your neighbor knew of your interest in him -- it wouldn't do to stalk a police officer!]

Or did you do as so many here have done and gleefully pillory this Officer and just holler without doing any of the legwork?

Incidentally, the fact the DA chose NOT to prosecute is well within his authority...and not at all unusual. If they feel they cannot win a case [or for political reasons], they won't let it go to trial. That is what happened here; however, that does NOT change the fact that Wright broke any number of laws and endangered any number of people -- without insurance -- on his drive to notoriety...its on tape, remember? It just means he got away with it.

But have no fear, he will do it again...or something like it. Willful law-breakers always do. You should see them cry after they're caught...literally cry.

June 26, 2010 at 9:40 p.m.
SavartiTN said...

Observation, rolando. It's called "observation." That's how I know about the police cars. I have to drive by all of the officers' homes to get to mine in our small neighborhood. 75% of the officers are very young. But, as you point out, their jobs may be so important that they must drive a car home...miles out into the county...where the cars sit for hours each day. However, it seems that if I did know the answers to your strange questions then I might actually be accused of stalking.

On the other hand, you didn't seem to be able to answer any of my questions but that is no surprise.

I am sure that willful lawbreakers have repeat performances. Just look at Daves...

June 26, 2010 at 11:36 p.m.
rolando said...

Distance is immaterial when duty is involved, savarti. And I said nothing whatsoever about the importance of their work...those are your words, just as "blocking the door" were yours [or WTTE]. If the Officers' duty requires them to drive directly to a scene, it is much more expedient to give him a car than to require him to possibly waste time driving to the office, getting a car, then driving to the scene. It isn't just a case of switching cars, either...there is paperwork, signatures, vehicle inspections, etc. The old guys with rank usually don't pull "the duty", BTW...unless they are doing special duty.

And you would probably be showing "undue interest" rather than the much more serious "stalking".

Officer Daves broke no laws last week or any other week.

I don't recall any serious questions from you on this thread; care to give me the time-log so I can give them a shot?

My "strange" questions for you simply gave you a few clues as to what you need to do should you really want to find out what it is all about...better yet, you could simply call the CPD and ask someone that would know! They will answer you better than this forum can. "Observation" alone has some serious flaws.

June 27, 2010 at 10:10 p.m.
SavartiTN said...

YAWWWWNNNNNN...

June 27, 2010 at 11:33 p.m.
SavartiTN said...

finished yawning

BTW, rolando, Mrs. Wright, herself, said that Daves blocked the door:

""Before we reached the front doors of the emergency room, the sliding automatic doors, the policeman got between us and the door and started to say to my husband I am going to arrest you," Mrs. Wright said."

That was from this article at Channel 9 news http://www.newschannel9.com/news/couple-992252-emergency-wife.html

So, "blocking the door" was not originally MY words but the WRIGHTS words.

Good grief, rolando, if you can't keep up then shut up.

June 27, 2010 at 11:51 p.m.
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