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Patrolman Arvil O. Hudson | Alabama Department of Public Safety, Alabama Alabama Department of Public Safety, Alabama

Patrolman

Arvil O. Hudson

Alabama Department of Public Safety, Alabama

End of Watch: Tuesday, May 20, 1952

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Incident Date: 5/20/1952

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Not available

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Patrolman Hudson was killed when his automobile skidded and crashed on a wet highway during a vehicle pursuit.

Patrolman Hudson and his partner were patrolling when a truck zoomed past heading recklessly in the opposite direction. He turned the car around and sped after it, hoping to pull the driver over before it caused an accident. It was a narrow and winding road, slick with rain. The driver of the truck, seeing the flashing lights, sped up to evade them. Focused on the speeding truck, he never saw the deep, rain-filled pothole. The impact jarred the car and he hit the brakes, which locked up on the slick pavement. The patrol car ran off the road and flipped several times. Patrolman Hudson was thrown from the car and killed instantly. The other officer was injured but alive. The truck sped off in the rain.

Patrolman Hudson was survived by his wife and two daughters.

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This was my grandfather. I was born 16 years after this event and never got to know him, but I'm proud of him. Thank you for remembering him on this site.

Brooke Perry
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August 22, 2014

 

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