Jackson County deputy pleads responsible to cost from crash that left harmless driver critically harm


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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Jackson County sheriff’s deputy pleaded responsible Thursday to a misdemeanor cost for crashing into an innocent driver during a pursuit in May of 2018. Sean Stoff acquired a one 12 months suspended jail sentence with probation and should full 40 hours of group service, and end a Missouri Freeway Patrol driving course.

Stoff, 34, was charged with careless and imprudent driving for crashing into Chris Reed’s automobile as Stoff pursued one other driver within the space of 350 Freeway and Maple Road. Courtroom information say Stoff had a pink mild however continued by way of the intersection. His sprint cam paired with video from one other deputy’s automobile additionally confirmed he did not have his lights and siren on both.

Reed suffered critical accidents, together with a traumatic mind damage, and faces an extended street to restoration.

Christopher Reed suffered damaged bones and traumatic mind damage from a crash the place Jackson County Deputy Sean Stoff bumped into him.

“I hope that reckless drivers are held accountable regardless of their  job title, or who they’re so nobody else has to endure like my household and I’ve suffered…I hope sometime we will transfer on and transfer previous this,” Reed mentioned in a written assertion supplied by the prosecutor’s workplace.

“This officer accepted accountability by pleading responsible.” Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker added. “Officers of the legislation should obey the legislation, identical to anybody else in our group.”

The crash led to a change in Jackson County’s pursuit policy.

“In March 2019, the commanders of the Sheriff’s Workplace met to evaluate the automobile pursuit coverage. After their evaluate, the commanders beneficial modifications to the automobile pursuit coverage. The pursuit coverage was modified to incorporate pointers that specify the standards for Deputies to provoke or turn out to be concerned in a automobile pursuit. Terminology within the pursuit coverage was clearly outlined to make sure compliance. The commanders reviewed the modified automobile pursuit coverage with sworn personnel after making the mandatory modifications. Moreover, Commanders and Deputies mentioned techniques and reviewed choices that can be utilized to provide profitable and safer outcomes throughout automobile pursuits. After authorized evaluate from the Jackson County Counselors, a restrictive automobile pursuit coverage was established on April 13, 2019,” a Fb publish from Sheriff Darryl Forte mentioned.

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