Law Enforcement

GPS Device Used As Evidence


GPS Tracker In Police Cruiser Records Cop Speeding

Judge Still Rules In Favor Of Law Enforcement Officer

A popular rock song covered by the band The Clash has a chorus that states “I fought the law, but the law won”, but for one bay area man named Don Grimm that saying has a whole new meaning. Grimm, a 71-year old man, was driving his van when a police officer slammed his cruiser into him, causing a motor vehicle accident where thankfully nobody was seriously hurt. Grimm explained to the authorities who arrived on site that the law enforcement officer who crashed into him was speeding in the 35 mph zone and that was the catalyst for the incident. Unfortunately, the law enforcement officer involved in the accident, Jeffrey Nichols, stated that he was adhering to the speed limit.

The story ended with Grimm being ticketed for the accident and having to pay a small fine. Grimm, who was furious over the outcome, was determined to fight the case. He took the issue to court, asking that the GPS system that was installed in the officer’s vehicle and the accompanying GPS tracking system data be reviewed to prove his innocence.

When the case made it to the Pinellas County Traffic Court a judge reviewed the GPS tracking data that was recorded from the vehicle tracking device. What the GPS tracker recorded was that less than 30 seconds before the accident the officer was driving 54 mph in the 35 mph zone, and when the two vehicles crashed into one another the police cruiser was documented going approximately 50 mph.

Even though the officer stated repeatedly that he was adhering to the speed limit, the vehicle tracking data from the GPS tracker showed that the officer was incorrect about his version of the events.

When the judge asked Officer Nichols again about how fast he thought he was traveling at the time of the accident after the real time GPS tracking data was revealed in court the officer stuck with his story, stating he was not driving faster than 35 mph.

The judge, understanding the accuracy and validity of GPS tracking technology, explained to the people in his courtroom that the evidence and data from the live GPS tracker had clearly shown Officer Nichols was speeding at the time of the accident. However, even with the irrefutable evidence from the vehicle tracking device the judge still found Grimm guilty, explaining that Grimm should not have been in front of the vehicle at the time of the accident.

It was reported that when the accident occurred the police cruiser did not have its lights or sirens running.

Grimms has not let the traffic court case end his quest for justice as he has already begun the process of filing a civil suit.

Source: Bay News