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Trooper Michael Todd Blanton | Virginia State Police, Virginia Virginia State Police, Virginia

Trooper

Michael Todd Blanton

Virginia State Police, Virginia

End of Watch: Wednesday, January 29, 2003

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 11 years

Badge # 971

Cause: Vehicular assault

Incident Date: 1/29/2003

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Suspect: Sentenced to 56 years

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Trooper Michael Blanton was killed after stopping a driver suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol on the Gaskins Road exit ramp from I-64.

Trooper Blanton was reaching inside the suspect's car when the driver sped off, dragging him for several hundred yards before crashing. The car rolled over, pinning Trooper Blanton underneath. Trooper Blanton was transported to MCV Hospital where he later died.

The suspect was apprehended a short time later by Henrico County police officers, who found him running on a nearby road. The suspect was charged with capital murder, felony hit-and-run, and other charges.

On September 27, 2003, the suspect was convicted of second degree murder and eluding a police officer, but was acquitted of abduction. He was sentenced to 56 years in prison.

Trooper Blanton had been employed with the Virginia State Police for five years. He had also served with the Henrico County Sheriff's Department for two years, and was a United States Air Force security policeman for four years. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, and is survived by his wife and 6 year-old son.

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I am saddened today to learn of your passing. You were a great friend and I have thought of you and Dana over the years. We had some great times in the Service. You will be dearly missed.

Bob Baggitt
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September 15, 2014

 

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