Police Officer Wayne Richard Presley

Police Officer Wayne Richard Presley

Downey Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, April 10, 1981

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 miraculously survived.

Officer Presley was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served in law enforcement for nine years.


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

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Not available

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Thinking of you today Wayne. Miss you.

Carolyn Arzac

Thinking of Officers, Wayne Presley-1981 and Rick Galvez-2015, both fine officers from Downey PD.

God Bless You Both
Carolyn Arzac

January 25, 2016

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