ABC15 recently rode along with Officer Scott Daugherty for 10 hours in the East Valley. See how the day unfolded in the full story here
6:00 a.m.: ABC15 joined Officer Daugherty just before 6:00 a.m. His shift starts at 5 a.m. After stopping to check on a stalled vehicle on the Loop 202 near Tempe Town Lake, a bus stalled in the middle lanes near the Loop 202 and Loop 101.
6:00 a.m. Officer Daugherty ran out of his car to talk to the bus driver. The Metro bus driver told him the bus stalled and he had to wait to start the engine again. In the picture above you can see Daugherty running back to the car.
7:15 a.m.: Officer Daugherty waited for a suspect involved in a crime that DPS was investigating. After waiting for the suspect near the US 60 and Superstition Springs Blvd for almost an hour, the suspect's car never appeared.
8:20 a.m.: Officer Daugherty pulled over a vehicle who was in the HOV lane with no passengers during rush hour.
Daugherty worked on paperwork for the carpool violation. He told ABC15 a typical traffic stop takes 15-20 mins to complete all the paperwork. All info is entered on a computer and a ticket is created on printer in car.
9:00 a.m.: Daugherty pulled over a vehicle that was going 78MPH on EB US 60 at Mill Avenue. Daugherty will always pull over a vehicle in a safe area. In this case, he followed the vehicle for a mile before stopping him.
This is the device used in most DPS cars that can track any vehicle's speed. In this case, the speed was tracked by how fast the vehicle traveled from one overpass to another.
10:40 a.m.: After doing a traffic break on the Loop 101. Daugherty got called to an accident on EB I-10 near Queen Creek Road. This is what he saw as he was pulling up to scene.
This car was involved in the crash. People at the scene said the car crashed into the back of a semi-truck merging to another lane.
Officer Daugherty spent over an hour talking with everyone involved in the crash, as well as witnesses who stayed on the scene.
Everyone inside the vehicle was okay. There were no major injuries reported. Fire personnel were on the scene as a precaution.
One of the tires on the semi-truck involved in the crash was damaged.
Officer Daugherty talked with another officer who is part of the commercial vehicle inspection team. Anytime a commercial truck is involved in a crash an individual from the team will be on scene. The truck was taken off service for bad tires.
As the accident investigation concluded, Daugherty's vehicle ended up overheating and another officer had to give him a ride back to the DPS station near Sky Harbor.
12:40 p.m: On the way to the station, Daugherty came across a rollover accident on WB I-10 near 40th Street.
Officials believe this vehicle rolled over several times near the HOV lane. There were no major injuries reported, but traffic was backed up for several miles.
Officers on the scene believed this accident was caused by road rage. Another vehicle was located on the other side of the freeway.
A tire mark on the freeway is seen as a result of the rollover.
1:00 p.m.: Daugherty arrived at the Doug Knutson Station near 16th Street and Interstate 17 to get a replace car after his vehicle overheated. His regular car would be fixed within a day.
1:45 p.m.: A vehicle was pulled over for having expired registration on the US60 near Mill Avenue. The tags were 6 months expired. Officer gave driver a warning. Driver was due in court in several days.
2:15 p.m.: Truck stopped on the Loop 202 near Priest Drive for expired registration. The driver ended up having a temporary plate but it was not placed on truck. The driver was ticketed for not wearing seatbelt.
Daugherty eventually would like to work on the criminal investigations unit, where he would look into crimes such as hit and runs. Read about the entire ride-along here