Police Officer Wayne Richard Presley

Police Officer Wayne Richard Presley

Downey Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, April 10, 1981

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Wayne Richard Presley

Police Officer Wayne Presley was struck and killed by a drunk driver at the scene of a disabled truck.

Officer Presley and his partner had just gotten back on their motorcycles when the drunk driver hit them at a high rate of speed. Officer Presley was thrown into the truck, and his partner was knocked onto the curb. His partner received major injuries but survived.

A 39-year-old woman was charged with felony drunk driving and manslaughter. She was convicted of both charges, sentenced to five years probation, and fined $1,000.

Officer Presley was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served in law enforcement for nine years. He was survived by his wife, two sons, and a daughter.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 5
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 5 years probation.

disabled motorist, Impaired Driver

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I’m sorry for the loss to all that knew and loved him.I’m looking for information on Timothy David young who supposedly was best friends with Wayne .

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July 16, 2022

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