Officer Ralph D. Percival

Officer Ralph D. Percival

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Monday, June 3, 1974

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Ralph D. Percival

Officer Percival was struck and killed by a drunk driver while on a traffic stop. He had completed writing the citation and was returning to his motorcycle when he was struck.

The 47-year-old subject was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to one year in prison.

Officer Percival had been with the agency for 16 years and was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge 2402

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 1 year

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You are remembered and thank you very much for your service. God bless your family and God bless our beloved Highway Patrol...

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