Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 15 years
Badge # 13-4
Cause: Vehicle pursuit
Incident Date: 7/11/1989
Patrolman Richard Phelps was killed in an automobile accident during a vehicle pursuit.
He had joined a chase that came into his borough and was attempting to pass the vehicle. While entering a curve he ran off of the road and travelled until striking a steel barrier at a gas station gas island. Patrolman Phelps, who was not wearing his seat belt at the time, was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
The juvenile suspect was arrested and sentenced to juvenile detention.
Patrolman Phelps is survived by his two daughters.