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 miraculously 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.


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

Incident Details

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

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Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service to this country.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

April 10, 2018

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